“In a place where one might ask ‘Where is God?’, the love, smiling faces and contentment in their loved ones is the image that I take home from Honduras.” These are the words of Tipperary priest Fr. Joe Walsh.
Fr. Joe recently visited Honduras with Trócaire to see the work the agency is doing there as the Central American country is the focus of this year’s Lenten campaign.
“Honduras is one of the world’s poorest and most dangerous countries with great divisions and a political elite that promotes social exclusion,” he said. “Corruption is so bad that government is effectively not happening at all.”
Added to this already lethal cocktail, Honduras has little infrastructure and appalling housing conditions.
“The roads are no better than dirt tracks, with potholes that are like craters,” Fr. Joe said.
“The housing is so desperate and pitiful that the English language is unable or hasn’t devised words to describe it yet. Kitchens are tiny, open, and bare – rooms that at home we would not even use as fuel sheds. Looking around I would have loved to have replaced these awful desolate homes with our ghost estates.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star