Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Daysi Flores writes Hope as a survival strategy for Defensoras in Honduras for our Defending the Defenders conference.
In Honduras, leaving your house without knowing if you will return is a daily reality. Even ordinary daily routines – like taking kids to school or going to the market – force us to stare into the eyes of death. Even though this is a new “normal”, our hearts still can’t fathom the levels of violence that Honduras is reaching.
Since the 2009 coup d’état, Honduras has earned the painful status of being the country with the highest homicide rate in the world. We’re living an undeclared war. Our lives are overflowing with weapons, endless acts of repression and violent crime, and fear of violence. Army troops, military police and their heavy weapons fill the streets and occupy shopping centers, banks, parks.
They overwhelm our lives.
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