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Skyrocketing crime rates make children, teens unsafe in Honduras

December 16, 2016

A soaring rate of violent crime in Honduras has made the country unsafe for young people, prompting many to seek refuge in the United States.

The Norvegian Refugee Council estimates that only one-third of the children in Honduras are safe in school. Many families encourage their children to leave—sometimes alone—to travel north in search of security. In the past year, US officials have registered the cases of over 10,000 children arriving in the US without adult supervision.

For children who remain in Honduras, criminal gangs are a daily threat. Among teenagers, the murder rate is just over 1 in 1,000: several times higher than the rate in the most violent cities of the US.

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  • Posted by: lak321 - Dec. 18, 2016 10:49 PM ET USA

    When I was a stranger you welcomed me.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Dec. 16, 2016 9:44 PM ET USA

    Since this is another foreign report on the need for the United States to open its borders, I suggest those who wrote the report open their borders first to all these young people. Might check but most are really looking for economic gain and then bring the rest of the family. But who is to take care them and pay for them here. Like Mexico this is a way to push out their poorest for us to take care of them. Us being the taxpayers.