Bessi, a young woman who makes a living as a tortilla seller, rests in a hammock in Rivera Hernández, a particularly poor area of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. There is no formal employment in the area and many people live in acute poverty. The neighbourhoods on the edges of the river here are not recognised by the municipality and are provision of basic services is unstable, water has been cut off to the thousands of households here for four weeks and electricity is routinely black out. Gangs control the area and violence is endemic, children are recruited to the gangs or killed, girls are often raped. People are deperate to leave the area and many make the perilous journey to the US as illegal migrants or 'mojados'. Thousands of migrants are repatriated to Honduras each month. ACT Alliance members in Honduras provide support services to repatriated child migrants and their families.
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