Dolores Community Leader: Authorities Have Forgotten Us

“Help from Honduras hasn’t arrived and El Salvador is following Honduras’s example, they’ve abandoned us.” Said the leader of Dolores a community , Francisco Chavez. It seems that the only visits they’ve had from government officials (at least from the Honduran government) are members of the Commission of Secure Borders and limits and the Secretary of Human Rights, Justice, Governing, and Decentralization (SDHJGD), but the ministers and presidents are not aware of the situation here.

Chavez’s statements make it clear that he and his community feel manipulated by the government officials who’ve left them high and dry.

Even the mayor of Opatoro has abandoned them having not arrived to assist them in preparing to go to the secretaries throughout Tegucigalpa and seeing if they remembered their promises to the people of Dolores.

They hate that the highway to them is in shambles and they are practically stranded because the cars that travel to and from their community run the risk of going in circles or becoming immovable in a storm. It’s gotten to the point where the only safe way to travel is to ride a horse or walk. To illustrate this just consider that in order to ride the 7 in the morning bus which detours to San Sebastian they’d need to wake up at 1 in the morning and travel through the mountains to get to the station where the bus passes by.

“Because of that we are urging the government to act. In El Salvador the roads are better and it’s clear that their government takes action.” Mr. Chavez has commented with great sadness that despite 25 years of being a part of Honduras some authorities have told them that they won’t be helped because they are seen as Salvadorians.

Here people survive through cultivation of the Earth but when there’s a drought they suffer, and just last year they received some supplies from the government but just for a few days.

“This winter the cultivation of corn is so-so. We’re going to have food for the next year but when our excess crops are sold some people in our area won’t have any food.” Says the community leader.

The selling of corn is a source of income and some travel to El Salvador to sell their food and to get there they just cross the border to get to the other side of the river. Some families are dependent on the remittances of their family members abroad in the United States.

“We’ve asked authorities to act relative to the roads because right now all of our mercendise goes to El Salvador.” Says Mr. Chavez. Many people in the community no longer desire for their community to be part of Honduras out of a sense of frustration at the lack of responsiveness from the government.

The source for this article is an El Heraldo article.

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