The authorities in the Central American nation of Honduras are investigating the circumstances that led to a group of Haitians being attacked.
According to the police, in recent years, Honduras has become a key passage for migrants, who seek to enter the United States illegally and last week, a group of 14 Haitians including six minors were attacked while they were staying in a house in the municipality of El Triunfo, located on the border with Nicaragua.
“It was an inhuman situation, because these individuals, in addition to inflicting cruel and inhuman treatment on them, raped 4 women including a 14-year-old minor, and the children suffered emotional and psychological trauma because of what happened,” said Elba Reyes who heads the Southern Regional Office of the Directorate of Children, Adolescents and the Family (DINAF).
Reyes also disclosed that he coordinated the transfer of Haitians to the Southern General Hospital, where they received medical assistance and underwent tests for COVID-19.
He added that DINAF provided the migrants with accommodation in conditions of dignity and security, with the support of the National Commissioner for Human Rights of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
DINAF then contacted the police and supplied information to assist them in finding the individuals guilty of these crimes to hand them over to justice to be tried and sentenced.
Elba Reyes has called on all migrants who are tempted to cross Honduras, not to take an illegal migration route strewn with danger, for their safety and to “avoid falling into the hands of unscrupulous smugglers or gangs of bandits hostile to the on the lookout for defenseless migrants.”