Friday, January 15, 2010

Generosity in Honduras Never Fails to Amaze Me

Today donations were gathered in the Central Park in San Pedro Sula for the firemen to take to Haiti.  They commented on the international aid that Honduras received in 1998 when we were hit by hurricane Mitch and said that it is time to pay forward.

A private charter has been scheduled by the Rotary Club of Tocoa, Colon, Honduras.  The telephone companies Digicel and Tigo have been collecting donations via text messages and have said that 100% of the donations will go to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. 

This tiny country that has suffered economically in the past few months and is very poor has donated the little they have to help those who are in a more serious situation than our own.  I think that God will smile down on Honduras and rain many blessings on her.

12 Days

In just 12 days the new president Pepe Lobo will be inaugurated to office.  A new page will be turned in the history of Honduras and perhaps we can put the crisis behind us. 

Micheletti has been an excellent president.  He has been named an honorable lifetime Congressman.  He has been named as the vice president of Liberal International.  People here consider him a hero by and large on both sides of the fence.

I really wish he had been the president for a full four years and not just the short six months that we have had him as president.  He could have really lead Honduras on the right path and cleaned up a lot of the corruption.  Honduras needs more than anything for clear attention to be paid to the corrupt aspects of government from the police officer that takes a bribe to ignore a ticket or expired registration to the president who takes payments to ignore or facilitate drug trafficking or corrupt deals to go through.

Just six months ago this country was teetering on the edge of turning into a dictatorship and losing all the freedoms that had been a struggle to obtain.  Since 1982 Honduras had come a long way and grown in their passion to protect the form of government that we have.  I was terrified of what the future held.  I worried every instant on which country might invade after the first days of the removal of Zelaya since so many had condemned us without knowing all the details of what exactly occurred and what we had dealt with for three years prior to his removal.

In the end we rid ourselves of Zelaya.  He is hiding like the snake that he is in the Brazilian embassy terrified to come out and face the music on his criminal charges.  All the while the charges that the Military command is facing they have showed up in court and shown honor to their uniform and admitted that they removed him from the country which is technically illegal, but explained that they were avoiding a certain bloodbath in Honduras if he were left in the country. I believe that Zelaya has ordered people close to those that oppose him killed.  Micheletti´s nephew and a friend of his was murdered, reporters children have been kidnapped or murdered including a pregnant daughter of the reporter for channel 8 the state ran newsstation.  A congresslady´s husband was kidnapped and later released after awhile in captivity.  It saddens me to think that a former leader looks at life so cheaply and is so egocentric that his position in the presidency is more important than the citizens or lives of individuals.  He does not love the country of Honduras he is only capable of loving himself.

When I look around at my friends, neighbors, and family I feel great passion for the way they have defended themselves against tyranny and can only pray and hope that citizens of the US would unite and act in the same fashion against certain loss of their constitution and freedom.  I have been inspired by this tiny country that has taught me a great lesson in humility and pride.  I am humbled by the great ability they have to demand change.