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January 18th, 2012
01:02 PM ET

Narco Wars: Murder in Honduras

It’s a country with the highest homicide rate in the world, where you can literally get away with murder because so few serious crimes are solved. As a result, it's become the main corridor for cocaine coming north from Colombia. That nation is Honduras. Along with its neighbors Guatemala and El Salvador, it's the deadliest region on earth.

CNN’s Kaj Larsen takes you to homicide scenes, meets coffin makers, and embeds with police operations that barely hold the line against the region’s powerful street gangs.

He also introduces you to brave people trying to make a difference, from the outreach workers for Doctors Without Borders – who walk the most violent streets in the world - to the officials fighting the region’s endemic corruption.

Don’t miss Narco Wars on CNN Presents this Sunday at 8:00 pm ET, re-airing at 11:00 pm and 2:00 am.

Filed under: Honduras • Kaj Larsen • Narco Wars
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. ED

    I am SAD to see how dangerous my beloved Honduras has become! I left the country about 11 yrs ago and the country was not as dangerous as it is today. The drug war that Calderon declared in Mexico about 6 yrs ago made the drug cartels look for others places to do business.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  2. susan

    I spent 2 weeks in Nacaome in southern Honduras on a medical missions trip and violence was not prevalent. Although it is pervasive in Tegulcigalpa, many parts of the country are peaceful with gente hermosa! Let us not stereotype the entire country.

    January 29, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  3. Athon

    Legalize, sell and tax. That's the only way to stop the bloodshed.

    January 29, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  4. Nora Palmtag

    I think the government of Guatemala should use their Army/military force to clean up the streets of all the thugs that are on the streets, holding them as long as they can to let them know this is not okay. The military of the countries, surrounding the area should have the right to shoot down any plans which fly over their country without stopping to be boarded if asked.
    Above all else, at night there should be martial law with a curfew and anyone out after dark, should be stopped and held at least 24 hours. Do they have the Death Penalty in Guatemala, if not, they should as this is a great deterrent to killing anyone? And the airplanes left in the fields should be picked up and auctioned off to fund the military effort or clean up the kids on drugs with education.

    January 28, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • ED

      They do have the DEAD penalty in Guatemala, since 1996 if I am not mistaken.

      March 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  5. Suzanne

    Maybe you can start a big ad campaign to shame people who are doing drugs. Billboards with pictures of dead bodies in Mexico and Central America and a message that reads:
    "If You do drugs, people are dying to bring them to You."

    January 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  6. Carlos Rodriguez

    Think about it: drugs come from South America and go through Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico and these countries are experiencing a huge wave of violence because of it. However, in the U.S., illicit drugs go to the hands of drug users without creating significant social unrest. How come? Could it be that in the U.S. there is a great level of corruption in the Customs Border Patrol, Police, DEA, and federal authorities? Is it possible that huge volumes of drugs coming from all over the world go through an immense distribution network in our country peacefully and without detection? I bet anything that there's a very high level of collusion or at least inefficiency among all American institutions in charge of policing the drug trade. How easy it is for us to see our neighbors in such a different light that we see ourselves!

    January 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  7. Wanda

    Thanks for the great report on the narcotic efforts south of here. I didn't realize that Tegus was called the most dangerous city in the worl! We have a family member that pilots that team to find the new airstrips carved out of the jungles. I have much more respect for what he and others are doing there. I thought it may be rather dangerous to show the face of the dea person in charge. As important as that work is there, I'll be glad when our family member's tour is completed there. We owe so much to our personnel all over the world, for how safe we are in our homes! We certainly have a lot of work to do to get more folks off the substances that bring all that violence to be, don't we! Thanks again.

    January 23, 2012 at 12:34 am |