|2/15/2012 11:01:00 AM|
Honduras wracked by poverty, violence, corruption
Catholic News Service
Catholic News Service photo
Family and friends dress the body of Carlos Martinez, a 23-year old farmworker who was shot to death on the La Lempira Cooperative outside Tocoa, Honduras.
Poverty, violence, police corruption and disrespect for human life are mortally wounding Honduras, the country’s cardinal told the nation’s president and top government officials.
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa said the current violence in Honduras is the result of “the impact of narco-business subculture, unstoppable migration and of religious confusion, a result of the invasion.
The fight against poverty in Honduras includes providing better education for the poor, reducing corruption within the region, and ending the extreme foreign debt in the world’s poorest nations, he added.
The Central American nation has 8.2 million inhabitants. Daily violence accounts for an average of 20 deaths per day.