Project Detail: Latidoamerica


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Javier Arcenillas



Project Info


My project aims to document the axis of uncontrolled violence in Latin America and as social and political factors are feeding more and more aggressively such violence.

I have been working in Central America more than 5 years documenting the transformation of their society and so fighting to introduce journalistic nonsense of the disastrous policies to end violence.

I would like to continue working in new themes for reflection and more detailed profiles that could be red notes as gender violence or intolerance towards more disadvantaged groups such as homosexuals or transsexuals who undergo numerous episodes of violence and mistreatment constantly.

Honduras is considered one of the most violent places on earth. Every day on the streets of cities like San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Guatemala City or Tegucigalpa, murders, robberies and violence are every day more present.
Ineffective internal politics of the area is unstable, traffic of drugs into the USA is uncontrollable and insecure neighborhoods of Maras or control of the Zetas border is the closest thing to a daily war.

The report of the Organization of American States emphasizes that in a country like Honduras violent death occurs every 74 minutes exist without war. Already in 2011 was the most violent nation in the world, totaling 7,104 murders documented by police.

In these places the use of youth and children to be trained as Sicarios is a regular job. They are attracted by the ease of making money that gives them respect and fear. In the process of training the young killer from the most consumed strata of society become true harbingers of death.

In a country without war where violent deaths occur every hour., The social portrait of Honduras is considered the most terrifying place in the world.
Rates fired after the coup in 2009 overthrew President Manuel Zelaya by Roberto Micheletti violence have put the country in a state of permanent despair for his crime. In 2008 incredibly 3,418 people died, according to a tally of the Honduran newspaper El Heraldo. The homicide rate per 100,000 population, which in 1999 was 42.1, now 86, almost eight times what the WHO considers the epidemic. The world average is 8.8.