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Honduras

In tonight's episode of Faraway Up Close Keelin Shanley travels to the capital of Honduras Tegucigalpa where she meets members of highly organized street gangs that are terrorizing entire cities and where crime is having a devastating effect on a country which is already one of the poorest in Central America.

As a result of the violence in Central America during the 1980s a lot of central American families fled illegaly to North America where they lived for over a decade before many of them were deported back to their country of origin in the 1990s.

Keelin also speaks with the country's coffee growers and a 'dump community' - families who live and subsist in municipal dumps and waste grounds.

It was during this decade that the children of emigrant families were exposed to gang culture in cities such as Los Angeles. This gang culture was then exported back to central America to countries such as Honduras where gangs such as the Mara Salva Trucha were formed - claiming up to between 50,000 and 80,000 members.

These gangs pose a major threat to civil society in Honduras and the Honduran government have been adopting a zero tolerance stance toward them.

Honduras
Honduras