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Honduras task force aims to keep unaccompanied children from crossing border




A young child walks home in an area known for heavy drug dealing on July 18, 2012 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Honduras now has the highest per capita murder rate in the world and its capital city, Tegucigalpa, is plagued by violence, poverty, homelessness and sexual assaults. With an estimated 80% of the cocaine entering the United States now being trans-shipped through Honduras, the violence on the streets is a spillover from the ramped rise in narco-trafficking. The non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders has set up a program in the capital that looks to provide medical and psychological care to the homeless population. Each day a team goes out into the streets to meet with vulnerable groups of homeless to assess their needs.
A young child walks home in an area known for heavy drug dealing on July 18, 2012 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Honduras now has the highest per capita murder rate in the world and its capital city, Tegucigalpa, is plagued by violence, poverty, homelessness and sexual assaults. With an estimated 80% of the cocaine entering the United States now being trans-shipped through Honduras, the violence on the streets is a spillover from the ramped rise in narco-trafficking. The non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders has set up a program in the capital that looks to provide medical and psychological care to the homeless population. Each day a team goes out into the streets to meet with vulnerable groups of homeless to assess their needs.
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A new task force based at a border crossing in Honduras has worked for almost three weeks to keep unaccompanied children from trying to make the trip across to Guatemala and further north to the U.S.

Cindy Carcamo, Arizona bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, wrote about this new task force in Honduras and joins us to talk about what this unit is doing to keep kids from crossing over into Guatemala and eventually the United States alone.