A new kind of violence
El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala make up the so-called Northern Triangle region of Central America (NTCA), where violence has displaced 667,000 people.
The impact of the violence on people’s lives is devastating. The murder rates in Honduras and El Salvador are among the highest in the world.
Many flee after refusing to sell their land to criminal gangs and receiving death threats as a result, or to keep their children safe from gang recruitment, violence, and sexual abuse. Some people move in response to direct coercion and threats of physical harm, while others leave because of a general erosion of their life and livelihood opportunities.
The internally displaced people live in slums or informal settlements in big cities that are increasingly controlled by gangs, and lack basic services, education, and income opportunities.
The violence, and the governments’ inability to protect the population, has resulted in a mass flight from these countries. Most flee to Mexico, the US, Costa Rica and Panama. Many of those fleeing are children and young people - often unaccompanied.
We run operations in two countries within the NTCA. We work in Honduras, from our two field offices there, and in El Salvador, where we work in partnership with the Norwegian Red Cross and the Salvadorian Red Cross.
People fleeing violence often remain anonymous for fear of reprisal. This makes it difficult for humanitarian organisations, including our team, to reach them.
In Honduras, we aim to ensure that children and youth have access to education and safe schools. Our teams:
- identify out-of-school children and youth, and establish study groups for those who want to continue their education
- prepare children to resume education activities
- provide personal resilience trainings
- promote and provide safe education opportunities
- support local and national institutions to fulfil displaced children’s right to education
- strengthen the capabilities of local communities, an important step towards safeguarding their rights
Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)
To protect Hondurans and Salvadorians who had to flee their homes, we:
- provide information and counselling to displaced people about their rights
- provide humanitarian assistance to Hondurans and Salvadorians in need of international protection who had been deported back from Mexico and the U.S
- provide humanitarian assistance to meet basic needs
- support the governments of Honduras and El Salvador at local and national level to develop legal frameworks or improve practices to protect the rights of the forcibly displaced
- provide services to ensure access to Refugee Status Determination (RSD) and Housing, Land and Property rights for people in need of international protection in Panama and Costa Rica
- European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)
- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
- Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
- The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
- Disaster Preparedness - European Commission (DIPECHO)
Your support will bring relief and hope to an entire region. Displaced persons need our support to ensure a safe place to life. Your support helps us to assist people fleeing from Honduras and El Salvador.
NRC in Honduras
Country Director (Colombia)Christian Visnes
Phone+51 1 3171481
On the brink of deportation
For years, Honduras has been characterised as one of the most violent countries in the world. Living under a constant threat in violent neighbourhoods, many Hondurans have to move or they become displaced. Many seek asylum in neighbouring countries or cross their borders in search of safety.
Less promises, more solutions in Central America
"I don’t dream of living in another country. The only reason I would leave would be if I fled for my life," says 25-year old Anthony* from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.