I’m no newbie when it comes to writing about Honduras. I’m far from being an expert, but I am definitely not a rookie. And I’ve come across enough people who question me, to know some of the main arguments I hear.
One of the big ones relates to an understanding of Honduras. It’s connected to a narrative that is occasionally spread by other Americans who’ve gotten experience in Honduras. And perhaps more so by Hondurans who’ve left the country. This narrative is that the Honduran people do not desire change. This narrative is utterly false.
The Honduran people do want change. And they work for it, in protests that aren’t spoken of. They speak out against injustices in protests, protests which are often portrayed as things that they aren’t, in some cases protests are framed with news like “teacher pays student to participate in protest!” or “protests in favor of women who slandered a Honduran government official” when in both cases, this probably isn’t the case.
Honduran leaders who encourage and participate in protests are often criminalized. Communities often find themselves in trouble and targeted for government repression if they are places of interest to the Honduran government and, or, big businesses. There’s an agenda that benefits the business leaders wherein they are given priority over regular Hondurans, and it is evident even in ideas like the business cities or “zedes”. Individuals speak of them without taking into consideration their bloody history, and the lives lost resisting them, and the crimes committed for them to come into existence.
Even groups like Panam, a website that usually is on the side of truth, at least as it relates to Honduras, is willing to overlook the dirty history behind the charter cities, or “startup” cities. The notion that Honduras needs to be sold out to foreigners (which IS what these cities mean) in order to appeal to investors is not only incorrect, but it is also insulting to Hondurans. They also forwarded the notion that merely because the Supreme Court in Honduras approves of something it is just, not discussing the politics behind the Supreme Court, and how it is clearly the weakest part of the Honduran federal government.
I write about Honduras because it is important that people get the truth. My writing style is rough, but I also possess a small wealth of knowledge about an often overlooked but important topic, because Honduras is a country who is one of the United States’s partners. It’s also a country that sends in a high number of immigrants, to the point where one cannot claim that Honduras’s problems are solely Honduras’s. When 1,000,000 Hondurans supposedly live in the US, and 600,000 of them are projected to be illegal immigrants, the problems that led them to immigrate are no longer the problems of Honduras alone. These problems also impact the lives of the 22,000 Americans that live within Honduras. When journalists get beaten to the point that they have to leave the country in order to talk about the truth, we take them seriously. We take it seriously from Russia, and we should take it seriously from Honduras as well. Ksenia Sobchak fled from Russia last month and it did appear in English press. But when a Honduran CONGRESSMAN leaves the country out of fear for his life, it isn’t mentioned in any major publications. Edgardo Castro was elected to represent LIBRE in 2013 and received death threats, which he took seriously after a colleague was murdered. He fled to the US. And this is a topic you have to search for, in order to find because no one was talking about it. Isn’t that maddening?
I want the truth known. I want accurate reporting in English and Spanish about Honduras. That’s why I write. That’s why I won’t stop. I’ll never stop.