HONDURAS / THREATS SCHOOL TEACHERS

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25-Jan-2022 00:03:37
Honduran teachers are being disproportionately affected by the country’s gang violence and have been identified as one of the groups most likely to be forced to flee their homes, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR

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STORY: HONDURAS / THREATS SCHOOL TEACHERS
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: SPANISH / NATS

DATELINE: RECENT, TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS
SHOTLIST:
RECENT, TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS

1. Wide shot, empty classroom, interior
2. Med shot, empty chairs, interior
3. Med shot, school wall, exterior
4. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Horacio Montes*, Honduran teacher:
“The boys come every time we start the school year, and they get in touch with me to let me know the guidelines they are going to give us about the school mobilization during the year.”
5. Various shots, hands writing, teacher, students, UNHCR and school staff, exterior
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Miguel López*, School principal:
“There are times when we put our own physical integrity at risk to protect our boys and girls. We can say that we ‘carry the weight’ as they said, but we do not have protection as such ourselves.”
7. Various shots, students, school staff, exterior
8. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Alba Flores*, Elementary school assistant principal:
“We are looking for protection mechanisms for ourselves, our colleagues, the students and, in some cases, for the parents. We are always going to be their friends, their friends, and we love them; and we do work for them.”
9. Various shots, school staff, students, exterior

*Names were changed due to protection concerns.

STORYLINE:
Honduran teachers are being disproportionately affected by the country’s gang violence and have been identified as one of the groups most likely to be forced to flee their homes, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

At the start of each new school year, members of the gang that controls much of a neighborhood of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, contact schoolteachers to give them instructions on how to use the school.

Such school “takeovers” are only one of the dangers that teachers in Honduras face.

Some are forced to pay bribes to get to work, forking out money every time they cross the invisible borders that separate gangs' territories. Others are victims of extortion, intimidation, and threats from gang members, who sometimes include their students or their students’ parents. Female teachers are particularly vulnerable, as they can be targets for sexual harassment and assault.

Honduran teachers also find themselves on the front lines of internal displacement, which may affect more than 247,000 people in the small Central American nation.

Teachers say students seek them out to talk about being targeted with threats that often force them to drop out of school to seek safety in another region. But these confidences can unwittingly get teachers caught up in potentially deadly gang conflicts, forcing them to flee, as well.

A 2016 investigation by the Comité Docente, an organization that represents Honduran schoolteachers, along with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the NGO Save the Children, identified teachers as among the groups in Honduras most susceptible to being pushed into internal displacement.

The group has been working since 2016 to find solutions to the entrenched problems faced by Honduras’ schoolteachers. The aim is to keep them in their jobs and their home communities, but those in the most danger are referred to UNHCR, which works to relocate them to safety, either inside or outside Honduras.
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UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
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UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
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unifeed220125d
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