The number of homicides committed in Honduras during the first six months of this year - 2,893 - represents a drop of 600 from the same period in 2013, President Juan Orlando Hernandez said Monday.
“The trend is downward, it’s a complex situation, but we’re continuing to work hard because the obligation of this generation is to deliver to our children a peaceful Honduras,” Hernandez told reporters in this capital.
“Despite everything, we have a positive forecast and the indices will continue to go down. No matter how turbulent the river, we’re going to move forward,” the president, who assumed power on Jan. 27, emphasized.
Honduras has had one of the highest murder rates in the world, with an average of 20 homicides per day in 2013.
“We came to be the most violent country week to week in the world, but there are already some clear examples that it’s possible to regain peace, as is occurring in the Chamelecon sector, where there has not been a single murder in 45 days thanks to the work of the law enforcement authorities,” Hernandez said.
In Chamelecon, a district of the northern city of San Pedro Sula, many residents had left their homes because armed gangs had taken them over, but the area has recovered, Hernandez said.
“We’re recovering that sector and now the residents go out in peace onto the streets and there are new businesses thanks to the environment of security that’s there,” he said.
Honduras remains the most violent country in the world, with 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people, according to a report released in June by the Assessment Capacities Project, an initiative of several international NGOs.