Living in a neighborhood of land and death. A few blocks from a single street, which separates two warring gangs.
This is the neighborhood of Chamelecona hot zone San Pedro Sulato the north of Honduraswhere the inhabitants live terrified by the presence of two gangs: Barrio 18 and Mara Salvatrucha.
“Here in the sector where precisely where we are, it is practically called “the border”, which has been determined that way, because on one side of the road there is a gang of criminals and on the other side another. Well, we are going to determine it as they are. On one side, there is the Mara MS (Mara Salvatrucha) and on the other side is the 18th gang,” explains Maximiliano Villaelvir, Chief of Operations of the 6th Military Police Battalion.
Now what El Salvador wages its own “war” against these organizations, Honduras has started its own fight. At night, civil and military police set up checkpoints in the streets, between houses walled in concrete and iron, with the doors closed. Very few cars circulate.
With the presence of the National Police in Chamelecón, the neighbors feel more relieved. Although life is still difficult, with the constant fear of being “hit by a stray bullet in the crossfire”.
“Now what do you imagine these children who are suddenly playing among the children and suddenly they are pin pin. Well then, life is sad here,” says Marvin García, a resident of Chamelecón who lives on the side of the Mara Salvatrucha. “The one who suffers here is the humble people. It gives humble people a stray bullet in the traffic of bullets. Then it is living in anxiety.”
“Organized crime continues to affect Honduran society and forces many people to leave the country,” exposes the international organization Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2022. In fact, it is considered one of the causes that push the migration in Central America.