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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

10 Intense, Inspiring Days in Honduras - January 2013 -

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10 Days In Honduras - Cristalyne Bell (all photo credits)

Finger People - Universal Language - Maria Carmen - Honduras
I arrived in what is known as the most dangerous city in the world – San Pedro Sula, Honduras – in the middle of the night Jan. 2, 2013, my twenty-sixth birthday. In 2011 alone there were 1,143 homicides reported out of 719,447 inhabitants. And that doesn’t even include how many people disappeared. After months of people warning me against my plans their fears began to sink in. I was a little on edge. ...

We (Sarah, Jesse and I), along with many others, camped out in the airport waiting for the sun to rise and the buses to start running. At around 3:30a.m. half a dozen young boys wearing tattered dirty clothes walked around and started playing with the luggage carts. One of them asked Jesse for food. Airport security eventually approached them casually and then they were gone. Thousands of children live on the street in Honduras, many of them addicted to glue that curbs appetites. Sadly, these children are often victims of “social cleansing.” 

After dozing off, practically on top of my bags [...] , I awoke to the noisy hustle and bustle of a busy airport cafeteria lounge. We caught a taxi to a bus that took us to Esperanza where our only contact was. Sarah and Jesse had met Tomas from COPINH when he was in Madison. COPINH is an organization focused on indigenous rights, but appears to wear many hats and work in conjunction with several other human rights organizations around the country. Their radio station is located in Esperanza. There have been several attempts to shut it down, which resulted in mass protests. We intended to be the ones interviewing people, but when we got to COPINH Tomas asked that we be the ones in the interview seat. I opted out and instead videotaped part of the interview.
Sarah and Jesse interviewing people in front of the structure where town meetings are held.

The complete blog entry has some short videos and images that take you from this personal but 50,000 foot view down to 10 feet.  You see the larger picture and get a glimpse of campesino life and struggles.  Sarah has also written with Jesse a blog entry that provides perspective of what these three experienced in 10 days.

The following link takes you to some related material -

Honduras Collection 


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Picture on Tweet ... Maria Carmen ... no credits
10 Intense, Inspiring Days in - 01/2013 - .com  

Has Credits ... Twitter @CristalyneBell
10 Intense, Inspiring Days in -01/2013-  #indigenous vs #elites

.com -01/2013-

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