Our projects in Honduras

Published 02. Apr 2016

A new kind of violence

Organised crime and gang violence has created a humanitarian crisis as devastating as any war in Honduras. As of 2015, over 174,000 people have been forced to flee.

Honduras

Population
8.1
Total number of refugees
26,299
Internally displaced persons
174,000
Refugees from other countries
39
New refugees
11,994
Source: UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). The figures are from the beginning of 2016.

 

Humanitarian and political background

In the 1980s and 1990s, Latin America left behind decades of military rule, civil war and human rights violations. Yet peace was short lived as a new kind of violence emerged, perpetuated by gangs and drug cartels.

Changes in drug smuggling routes are the key reasons behind this upsurge of violence in the Northern Triangle, affecting Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

 

One of the most violent countries in the world

With 90 murders per 100,000 people each year, Honduras is one of the world's most violent countries.

Overrepresented among Honduras' displaced are children, who are targeted by gangs as potential recruits or enemies.

To avoid further violence, people fleeing often want to remain anonymous. This makes it difficult to identify and reach them. Many live in slums or informal shelters in areas controlled by gangs, where they lack basic services, education, and income opportunities.

 

NRC in Honduras

We began activities in Honduras in December 2014, under our NRC Colombia programme. To read more about NRC Colombia, please visit Our Country Programme in Colombia page.

We operate from our office in Panama City.

To protect Hondurans displaced by violence, we provide information and legal counselling. We also work towards ensuring children and youth can receive an education. We prioritise helping children, youth and women.

Education

In Honduras, we aim to ensure children and youth have access to:

  • safe education opportunities
  • job and life skills trainings
  • community outreach centres

 

Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance

To protect Hondurans who had to flee their homes, we provide information and counselling on housing, land and property rights.

NRC in Honduras

Country Director (Colombia)

Christian Visnes

Phone

+57 313 4223614

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