Although this article doesn't mention it, the steep increase in killings of Honduran youth corresponds exactly with the coup, and with the forceful re-implementation of Lobo's and Álvarez's Mano Dura campaign of State violence against the youth legitimated through the criminalization of poverty (first Lobo's 2003 Anti-Gang Law, now Alvarez's Anti-Terrorism Law), taking up where they left off at the end of the Maduro presidency. Sandra Ponce and Ramon Custodio are, of course, the last people the article's authors should be quoting on this, as they both have a vested interest in creating a decontextualized marero bogeyman to legitimate the violence of the murderous State they represent (and since when was Ponce on the IAHCR?). Here's the article, click for original in Inside Costa Rica:
Tegucigalpa - More than 260 Hondurans under the age of 23 were killed in Honduras in the first quarter of 2011, according to Casa Alianza, a nongovernmental organization.
Executions of young adults and children are increasing due to a lack of gun control, stepped-up drug trafficking, and gang or "mara" activities, the organization said.
Of the total of youngsters killed (264), nearly a quarter of them were younger than 18, while 218 were boys and 46 were girls.
This Central American country of eight million registers 73 murders for every 100,000 people, one of the highest rates in Latin America, according to Honduran human rights commissioner Ramon Custodio.
Violence causes 885 million USD in annual losses to the country, or 9.6 percent of its gross domestic product, according to a World Bank report.
Sandra Ponce, special attorney for the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, said at least 15 violent deaths are reported in the country daily, and no investigations are carried out.
There have been 6,200 violent deaths since 1998, according to Casa Alianza, one-third of them including children, and the rest including youngsters from 18 to 23 years of age, said the national coordinator of Casa Alianza, Manuel Capellan.
This ONG, founded over 30 years in New York, deals with over 20,000 cases yearly of street children and homeless youth in Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.