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By Valerie D. Lockhart
SUN EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Tears rolled down Gloria’s face, as she recalled the day she identified the body of her 13-year-old grandson in a Honduras morgue. His head was chopped off, hands and feet tied and stab wounds were all over his body.
The boy had been abducted by a gang and savagely brutalized. Gloria and her family moved away to another part of Honduras, hoping to escape the violence. But, threats from the gang followed them.
Fearing for their lives, they managed to flee to the United States in search of social and economic freedom.
Gangs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras run amuck, inflicting violence on women and children with little intervention from law enforcement authorities. Homicides among women in those countries respectively rank first, third, and seventh globally. This area in Central America is known as one of the most dangerous regions on earth.
“U.S. leaders should think about how they would treat their own mothers. We just want to protect our children. The gang members are forcibly recruiting the young people – especially young men. And the U.S. government does not understand this. This is one of the reasons I had to leave, to protect my sons,” said a Honduran woman.
Attacks on women and children is increasing in Central America, prompting many to seek asylum in the U.S.
The dead body of a woman was placed on display at a Guatemalan supermarket to inflict fear.
Families of police officials are not exempt from gang violence.
Four gang members attacked, abducted and raped the wife of a police officer at a cemetery in El Salvador.
“Three of the four raped me,” said Norma, who refused to pay a bribe to the gang. “They took their turns. They tied me by the hands. They stuffed my mouth so I would not scream. They took off my clothing. They then threw me in the trash. Gangs don’t forgive. I knew if they didn’t harm me, they’d harm my children. (My husband) feels so useless. He wants to protect me, to do whatever he can for me.”
Norma and her children also fled to the U.S. to get away from violence.
According to the “Affirmative Asylum Application Statistics and Decisions Annual Report,” which was prepared by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there were 84,182 applications for asylum filed during the 2015 fiscal year with 15,999 approved.
Since the country’s founding, individuals have left their homelands and traveled thousands of miles to America in search of freedom.
A few patriots sought escape from British control that imposed unjust laws and “excessive taxation without representation.” Colonies were formed in America. Independence from Great Britain was declared on July 2, 1776, with approval of the Declaration of Independence granted on July 4.
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists,” noted Franklin D. Roosevelt in an exert from the Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1938.
Because the U.S. was built using the labor of immigrants, with some forced through slavery, and boosts of providing various freedoms and opportunities to citizens, many turn to America for hope and prosperity.
A caravan of over 1,600 people that includes women and children left their homes last month to seek a better life in the U.S.
“For these migrants, the idea of being separated from their children, or being locked up together, is horrifying, traumatic, and incredibly painful, but the alternative — staying home and risk being killed — is worse,” said Maureen Meyer, Washington Office on Latin America Director for Mexico and Migrant Rights. “The countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala are among the most violent countries in the world, and most people have nowhere to turn for help because the police are not up to the task. If a gang is extorting you, if you are a witness to a crime, if you have an abusive partner, you have two options, stay and pay the price, or flee.”
Many of the migrants are fleeing under provisions affirmed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 1951 Refugee Convention and Protocol that was drafted in 1967.
The Refugee Convention was ratified by 145 state parties and outlines the rights of those forced to leave their homes by armed conflict or persecution and are in search for a better life. It also states the legal obligations of states to protect them.
“Since 2008, UNHCR has recorded a nearly fivefold increase in asylum-seekers arriving to the United States from the Northern Triangle region of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Over the same period, we have seen a thirteen fold increase in the number of requests for asylum from within Central America and Mexico – a staggering indicator of the surging violence shaking the region,” said António Guterres, secretary of the UNHCR. “This is not the first refugee crisis the Americas region has faced, but it is nevertheless unique in its complexity. Solving it requires a comprehensive regional approach based on cooperation, responsibility-sharing, and solidarity among all countries affected, to ensure that people in need of protection can have access to it. UNHCR stands ready to support governments in this effort.”