Honduras has been dealt a merciless blow by hurricane ETA. Scores have lost absolutely everything – their houses, possessions and even loved ones. An ex-volunteering colleague of mine captured the situation quite candidly.
“These were people who had little to lose to begin with, and yet have lost it all.”Amanda Radisic, US, Doctor and NGO volunteer, La Ceiba.
The following images are of the chaos and misery invoked by hurricane ETA across northern Honduras.
“What a tragedy, they are beginning to find bodies in the rivers.”Jennifer Martinez, Nuevo San Juan, Tela.
“My friend called me this morning – crying – saying she’d lost everything. Her family’s house – everything they had. I didn’t know what to say to her… and I have Covid!”Maria Carcamo, El Olanchito.
“We haven’t got a hostel anymore because five family members have come to live with us – they lost everything.”Luis Perez, San Pedro Sula.
Not even the international airport of Ramon Villeda Morales, Lima, San Pedro Sula was safe from the onslaught of torrential rains – filling up within hours.
How an already deeply challenged nation like Honduras is supposed to pull back from a hurricane in the midst of an already terrifying global pandemic – is beyond anyone’s imagination. The short term future looks simply awful, for most Honduras.
Why must this resplendant land of such admirable people – suffer so injustly?
Ben Anson – 7/11/2020.