Saturday, December 8, 2012

Honduras: A Country Where Many Disputes End in Death

As most of our regular readers know all too well, far too many disputes in Honduras result in death, which is why the Central American country has one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

Sadly, rather than using the legal system, which admittedly is not particularly effective, or mediation through third parties, most differences are settled with someone being hurt or killed. 

According to EFE, Carlos Alejandro Sosa Chavéz, 32, the son of Honduras’ former ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS),  was shot and killed yesterday (December 7), for reasons not yet explained.

Sosa Chavéz leaves behind a wife and a 6-month-old daughter after his body in El Trapiche, a residential area in the capital of Tegucigalpa.

COMMENT: The victim and his family were scheduled to leave soon for a vacation in France.

Most homicide victims in Honduras are Hondurans, yet increasingly  foreigners have been murdered in conjunction with economic crime as well.

On October 17, a Canadian tourist, 34, was shot and killed on the island of Roatán when two gunmen demanded his iPhone. Unfortunately, the Canadian, hailing from British Columbia, resisted, a response I DON'T recommend. Tragically, his resistance resulted in his death.

For clarification, let me emphasize that the majority of crime victims who give gunmen what they want are left unharmed. 

Having worked in Honduras over a period of some twenty years beginning in the 1980s, I must say that is among one of the most violent societies I've seen. 

Please, if an armed criminal wants something you have, cooperate fully and give it to them, as most robberies do not end well.