The Central American nation of Honduras is known for its rich natural resources including coffee, fruit and sugar cane. However, years of military rule, corruption, inequality, violent crime and natural disasters have made Honduras one of the most dangerous and least developed countries in Central America.
Honduras’ poverty rate of 63 per cent has been exacerbated by the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters – notably, Honduras was hit by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, killing 5,000 people and destroying 70 per cent of the country's crops. The damage from this set the nation’s development back by decades. Endemic poverty, unemployment, malnutrition and infant diseases are all commonplace.
Honduras currently has the highest homicide rate in the world due to the presence of drug trafficking and youth gangs or 'maras'. These, coupled with insufficient law enforcement resources, mean that violence is widespread and criminals often go unprosecuted.