Honduras

Christian Ethics

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Overview

Honduras is a small and impoverished country located in Central America its neighbours are El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Honduras has a GDP of 18.55 billion dollars compared to New Jersey which has a GDP of 465.55 billion dollars. Honduras' economy is mainly agricultural focusing on cash crops such as tobacco, coffee, bananas, and palm oil. Garments are also an important export of Honduras' economy accounting for 30% of its exports. Manufacturing has become a profitable industry because of the lower cooperate taxes, poor working conditions, and lower payment to the workers. Despite Honduras' economic growth it suffers through a slew of social, economic, and political problems. Such as the drug war, corruption, high unemployment across the youth, rampant poverty, and poor infrastructure.

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The Drug War

One of Honduras' major economic and social issue is the ongoing drug war in the region. Due to Honduras' location in Central America, it is a primary route from South America to Mexico. Fierce competition between drug cartels has created enormous violence within Honduras, resulting in Honduras having the highest murder rate in the world. Not only has the drug war caused a large amount of human and personal loss but many Honduran politicians are influenced by the cartels through bribes, preventing the government from taking effective action against the cartels. These problems were exacerbated by the 2009 Honduran coup d'etat which lead to the ousting of President Zelaya which further destabilized the government and lead to the 2009 Constitution Crisis. The illustration above shows the multiple drug routes through Honduras to Mexico then southwest America. The illustration below shows captured cocaine bricks labeled with of the motifs the gang uses.
Six Killed in Honduras Drug War
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Avianca Honduras

Avianca Honduras is one of the largest airlines based in Honduras. It has served millions of passengers in Honduras and across Central America. The company has also donated money towards humanitarian works, conserve fuel and resources to protect the environment, and create thousands of jobs for Honduras' economy. In my social ethics what Avianca Honduras is doing is beneficial towards the country. Firstly, it promotes economic growth and helps attract youths to a more stable life securing a legitimate job rather than risk involvement in the drug. Secondly, it helps reduce poverty and thus reduce the chance of Hondurans or turning to crime. Thirdly, it generates tax revenue to Honduras' government to use for social spending.


To relief Honduras' drug war the issue of poverty must be addressed which is forcing youths to participate in the drug war to make enough money to survive due to the high employment Honduras' has. In my social ethics, capitalist companies such as Avianca create jobs that could serve as alternatives and generate income for the country. Although the issues of corruption still persist it is a good start for Honduras.

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