The international news media have lately been picking up on the murders of Honduran street kids. The justification is often that the teens were involved with gangs or thievery. Most of these murders go unreported and uninvestigated.
The murders are rumored to be perpetrated by “death squadrons” of off-duty cops and military. This reminds me of the 80s when leftist dissidents would often literally “disappear” and the government did nothing about it. Rumors then also blamed the military and police. Unmarked mass graves are still discovered every once in a while in the rural areas of Honduras.
It is sad when “justice” is wielded randomly and by the wrong people, like prison convicts, for instance. Hondurans have so little faith in their government, police and armed forces, that they accept these secret murders as a fact of life that’s not to be questioned.
Many poor children are abandoned by their parents who leave them with grandparents or other relations and cross the US border illegally. These children are often abused at home, verbally, physically and sexually. They escape their hellish home life by living on the street, where they often become glue-sniffers, gang members or petty thieves. Very little can be done for them once they are living on the street, except send them to orphanages.