Perfil de Allan Bu

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Climate change and the environment

Honduran government represses community demanding that mining ceases in Puerto Cortés

Residents of Brisas de Tramade blocked the highway that leads to Puerto Cortés, northern Honduras, demanding that the government shut down an open-pit mine operated by Agregados del Caribe Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable (Agrecasa) in their community. Protesters say mining has caused irreversible damage to their river. In response to the protest, the Castro administration resorted to police repression.

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Central America

“We could hardly breathe”: The account of a Honduran migrant who traveled inside a truck trailer across Mexico

Reynaldo and two of his relatives left Honduras and fled to the U.S. in 2020. In Mexico, a person offered them a faster way of traveling: crammed with dozens of migrants in a tractor-trailer. An investigation led by Telemundo and the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP), in collaboration with Contracorriente, revealed that migrants regularly utilize this mode of transportation, in which authorities are often complicit.

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Human rights

Communities affected by Eta and Iota fear eviction after occupying abandoned municipal property

Two months ago, residents from sector Chamelecón, San Pedro Sula, Honduras’ northern Cortés department, occupied a tract of land where the municipal meat processing plant (Procesadora Municipal de Carnes – Promuca) used to operate and which has been abandoned for 18 years. About 450 families have requested that the Mayor’s Office cedes the property to them and suggested naming it after the current mayor, Roberto Contreras. However, he said he would order the eviction of the families.

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Migration

A refuge for migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border

Migrants traveling to the U.S. find a temporary refuge on the border with Mexico. Here, they rest and eat while waiting for U.S. Border Patrol agents to turn themselves in. They probably expect a hostile environment, which they are likely to find, but for now they feel welcome in the camp.

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Human rights

Ocotepeque, Honduras: migrants’ last stop

In Honduras, the journey of thousands of migrants has been exploited by businesses that generate millions of lempiras in profits. In addition to Honduran migrants, Cubans, Nicaraguans, Haitians and Venezuelans have become a source of income for “coyotes,” people who smuggle migrants across borders. According to sources consulted by Contracorriente, they earn up to 50 thousand lempiras ($2,000) a day and now employ children for certain kinds of jobs. Small and peaceful municipalities close to the border between Honduras and Guatemala are affected by the transit of migrants, an issue that the State has ignored.

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In-depth Investigations

Honduras: a waiting room in a fleeing nation

In 2022, around 190,000 people entered Honduras irregularly, the majority of them from Cuba and Venezuela; more people than in the past 12 years. Honduras, a country in exodus, where more than 15,000 people emigrated in caravans, has now become a stopover to the north. At 4,000 kilometers from the U.S. border, in impoverished border towns, migrant inflation, police corruption, and trafficking networks sprout. The new exodus travels the old migration route.

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Documenting daily life

Don Pedro, an environmentalist veteran, continues to defend Honduras’ western lands despite growing threats

Pedro Pinto, 67, has spent over half his life defending the environment in the western region of Ocotepeque, Honduras. In November 2022, two of his vehicles were burned by an unknown party, he suspects that they were enemies of his work as an environmental defender. In Honduras, protecting the environment is a deadly risk; between 2002 and 2014, 111 environmentalists were killed in the country.

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News

Deaths of environmental activists re-open wounds in Aguan Valley

On 7 January 2023, passengers on a bus traveling between Guapinol and Concepción witnessed a shocking scene: two men lay dead beside a motorcycle while the engine ran. Upon recognizing the deceased, those onboard sent the news back home. The two men, Alí Domínguez (35) and Jairo Bonilla (28), were both water protectors from the community of Guapinol.

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News

Despite new Honduran government, big business is still destroying the environment

Translated on September 08th – In November 2021, the defenders of the Guapinol River in Carlos Escaleras National Park, northern Honduras, cast a ‘vote of hope’ for President Xiomara Castro, whose government promised to stop open-pit mining. Today, the Guapinol community is still fighting businessperson Lenir Pérez’s mining project, which is damaging the river.

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News

Migrants and refugees deported to Honduran border in the middle of the night

Early on October 14, eleven buses carrying migrants arrived at the Guatemala-Honduras border. They had been deported by plane from the United States to Mexico, and then put on buses for the long journey home. No one from the Honduran government was there to record their arrival. According to non-governmental organizations that help deportees at the border, between 250 and 450 deportees have been arriving every night since mid-September.

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niños migrantes | migrar de Honduras | comunidad rural
News

Wilder’s story: a two-year-old migrant found in Mexico after fleeing rural poverty in Honduras

A two-year-old Honduran boy was found abandoned in Mexico on June 28. He was traveling with his father, a 27-year-old farmer who was barely making ends meet back home. No one knows how they were separated. The child is back in Honduras while his father remains imprisoned in Mexico. “The face of poverty in Honduras is rural,” experts say, and Wilder’s story is proof of this.

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