7 November 2013
Honduras: The Murder Capital of the World
In Honduras over 60% of the population live in poverty. It is one of the poorest countries in the American continent (“This is Honduras”). This economic stagnation has had far-reaching effects on the Honduran population, from poor education, healthcare, and joblessness to increased theft, and more severe criminal acts such as illegal drug trade, sexual assault, human trafficking, and murder. The impacts of foreign mission activity are noticeable and much needed, but they alone are not enough to change the direction of the Honduran economic and social situation. Sporadic foreign aid also does little to help Honduras on the scale necessary to make a significant impact. Even attempts at education reform initiatives by the Government itself have been unsuccessful, and the future for this country seems bleak. “In addition to the inadequate education system there, the persistent poverty is further fueled by inadequate nutrition, poor hygiene, and low self-esteem” (“Education and Hope for Honduras”). The culmination of these factors has increased violent crime to the point that now Honduras officially holds the title of ‘Murder Capital of the World.’ In fact, violent crime is so severe that the US Government recently was forced to withdraw all Peace Corps volunteers from the country. Though there is considerable foreign mission work in Honduras, as well as, substantial aid from other countries, the cycle of poverty, violence, and bloodshed will not end without a radical change in the government and education system, as well as, the economy.
Honduras is the second largest country in Central America. For over 300 years, Honduras was inhabited by the Mayans, and the Lacas inhabited the western-central part (“Honduras Travel Articles”). The Mayans were around from 1500 BC to 1500 AD. The Mayans were great architects, artists, astronomers, mathematicians, politicians, and...