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World Going: The dream of Honduras young people to flee poverty

12:30  25 november  2021
12:30  25 november  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Partir: le rêve des jeunes du Honduras pour fuir la pauvreté © AFP

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NE, Wilmer's mother sought everywhere in the streets when he tried without warning them to win the

United States

. The "migra", the border police, brought him back but he will begin again because his future, he says, is not at the

Honduras

where the misery reigns.

"I want to leave. It will not come out of my head until I have arrived. If they get me (...) I'll start again because my dream is to make my family live", Repeat Wilmer Rodríguez, 18 years old.

More than half of the about 10 million inhabitants of Honduras lives below the poverty line and for thousands of them the "American dream" is the only hope.

But migrants may be killed on the road by "coyotes" (smasselors) and other bandits. And migration services are watching: since the beginning of the year about 50,000 Honduran migrants have been intercepted and repatriated, according to official statistics.

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According to a recent report, Central American migrants spend about $ 2.2 billion each year in their attempts to emigrate to the United States.

"All liars"

Sunday in Honduras, it's election day to choose a new president. But Wilmer has no confidence in politicians. "All liars," he assured. Wilmer's dream is to become one of the world's "biggest" hairdresses.

Since the "migra" brought him back, he learned the job and works in the modest hairdresser "La Bendicion" in his district of Nueva Suyapa, hung on the slopes of Tegucigalpa's suburbs.

along its streets, most often in clay, ravined and faded, line up the small houses with windows garnished with grids. Those built in "hard", with parplegs, report families who have someone abroad to send them money. The others are made of boards and sheets.

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In the hairdresser "La Bendicion", Wilmer covers the shoulders of its customers with a blouse carved in an American flag. Wilmer's talent is recognized in the neighborhood but for the young hairdresser, his scissors must not stay in Honduras.

Wilmer lives in a house of just 20 m2 with his mother, his two sisters, a niece ... in all a dozen people.

In the house held, there are only two pieces. In the room divided by suspended covers, there are two superimposed berths, and a double bed.

In February 2020, at 17, Wilmer took the road a first time with a friend. One month after he was caught at

Mexico

, and repatriated.

80% informal

"Where I work, I do not win too much. It would be enough for me, but not for twelve people," he says. In Honduras, the official minimum wage is $ 400 a month but 80% of the economy is informal.

Wilmer will leave, he does not know yet when but he makes preparations, without talking to his mother. Last year, the night when he did not go home, his mother Lesly Madariaga did not clutter the eye until the next day, when she learned that he had gone to the north.

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"I would not want to relive that. God gives him every day what to eat. I do not want him to run risks," she says. But she knows it well: "Young people are going to look for a better life because here, in Honduras, there is no job".

Leslie voted for the national party (right, in power), but she says she will vote this time for the candidate of the left opposition Xiomara Castro, or for Yani Rosenthal (centrist).

has Nueva Suyapa, as in most of the desired neighborhoods, the criminal bands of the Mara Salvatchha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 hold the top of the pavement, engage in drug trafficking, racket, and recruit young people.

"When children get teenagers, what they want is going abroad to get some opportunity to get out of it. For families it's a lot of sadness, suffering," explains Rosa Maria Nieto The Director of the Compartmental Association (Sharing) that offers educational and entertainment programs to young people from the neighborhoods.

delinquency attracts young people, explains Wilmer: "They see it's easy, and that they like it. So they get to sell drugs, all that ... It's tempting, but thanks to God I do not did not fall in there. " "My goal is to work (...) My house, I know that one day I will build it. Yes, one day I will build it". X1X1 25/11/2021 08:32:17 - Tegucigalpa (X1 AFP X1) - © 2021 AFP X1

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