A member of the Barrio18 Gang goes to hide his gun in La Lima, Cortès.

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Tears and Bullets

Gabriele Rossi | Honduras

Organization: Freelance

The violence people experience in Honduras is similar to that experienced in war zones.Honduras has the second highest homicide rate in the world and also has one of the highest rates of firearm-related deaths.However, all these deaths cannot be attributed only to gunfights between gangs or with the police, in factis also fighting a war with gender-based violence that prevails in the country, mainly due to a culture and a societypatriarchal.The rates of sexual violence and femicide are among the highest in the world,the data provided reveal that in the last 20 years, from 2002 to 2022, one woman was killed every day.The incapacity of the authorities results in the high level of impunity, above 94% for most crimes against women and all this impunity contributes to normalize this violence.It would be simplistic to attribute the entire responsibility for the violence to the gangs.Natural families are often absent and we must not forget that the gang replaces this absence for many boys and this double track of ferocity and abandonment are the two sides of the same coin.

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