Life In The Most Violent Country In The World – Honduras

 

Photographer Antonio Aragon Renuncio is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography.  These images are from his project ‘Streets Of Blood‘.  To see Antonio’s body of work  click on any image.

Antonio Aragon Renuncio is the  founder of  NGO OASIS which develops medical projects uninterruptedly in some of the most depressed areas of the Gulf of Guinea, in Africa.

 

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                                             Streets of Blood – Honduras

 

Death … everywhere…

Honduras has dubious honor of being the most violent country in the world in last years (from 2010 to present), having the highest per capita murder rate on the planet: 600 homicides in a month, 20 deaths in a day, more than 7000 in a year… according to a recent UN report which places Honduras as the most dangerous country on the planet with the highest homicide rate per capita, ahead of El Salvador, Mexico and the Ivory Coast.

 

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Death and more death… everywhere… Executed, murdered, dismembered… The blood does not matter. Coexists with the daily life of its inhabitants. Corrupt government, “narcos”, drug dealers, gangs, drugs… too explosive of a  cocktail. Sixteen deaths a day, three hundred and sixty five days a year… bad average. A lot of dead people. Too many…

 

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The laws do not apply. Everything is corruption: government, police, society and a place where gangs rule the laws. Human rights are not respected… but life goes on. With infinite courage of its people who daily fight for their lives in the midst of barbarism. A glimmer of hope still shines in their hearts because ¨Light breaks where no sun shines, where no sea rises, the waters of the heart push the tides. Where evil grows, is also the same place where that which saves us blooms¨.

 

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A man lies dead in his truck after being shot along with his family, by 2 hitmen in a neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. January 8, 2015. Gangs in this country require citizens to pay a "war tax", mandatory money that gives them the right to work without being killed; the man in this photograph had the courage to refuse to follow the guidelines of corruption in their society and decided to hold on to his values of transparency that resulted with his death. To believe in the possibility of a general change, it is necessary to start with small individual changes, this belief and determination to fight for a better future leaves an orphan daughter and a widow wife. He wanted to start a change... At a country as Honduras, that has the dubious honor of being the most violent country in the world, having the highest per capita murder rate in the planet: 600 homicides in a month, 20 deaths in a day, more than 7000 in a year… where everything is corruption: government, police, society and a place where gangs rule the laws… ordinary people are the only ones who can fight against the corrupt establishment trying to build a better life for the next generation.

A man lies dead in his truck after being shot along with his family, by two hitmen in a neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. January 8, 2015. Gangs in this country require citizens to pay a “war tax”, mandatory money that gives them the right to work without being killed; the man in this photograph had the courage to refuse to follow the guidelines of corruption in their society and decided to hold on to his values of transparency that resulted with his death. To believe in the possibility of a general change, it is necessary to start with small individual changes, this belief and determination to fight for a better future leaves an orphan daughter and a widow wife. He wanted to start a change…

 

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By Antonio Aragon Renuncio

 


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