Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
Central America – The International Rescue Committee (IRC, for its acronym in English) warned yesterday Tuesday that thousands of Central Americans from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are experiencing a humanitarian crisis due to food insecurity and the absence of decent housing.
Guatemalan people, El Salvador and Honduras, the so-called Central American Northern Triangle, They continue to face challenges, as poor economic conditions that make it difficult to satisfy their most basic needs., said the director for the North of Central America at IRC, Me Galas.
He added that “in humanitarian crises like these, certain groups are at higher risk and encounter more obstacles to living safely, including women, children, indigenous peoples and the LGBTQ+ community”.
Galas cited as an example that “1 out of every 4 surveyed families requiring emergency cash support were identified as part of an indigenous group”.
The IRC analyzed data from an emergency cash assistance program implemented in the first half of this 2022, that reached more than 3.000 people in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and found that some of the main challenges are food insecurity and decent housing.
The 97 % reported that he did not have the necessary resources to pay in full for the goods, public or essential services to ensure long-term survival and minimum living standards.
According to IRC, many are forced to adopt “negative coping strategies”, well the 50 % of people embraced coping strategies that reduced their future productivity due to lack of sufficient income to meet food security needs.
Other 40 % admitted that he resorts to “crisis” strategies, what it means to sell any productive assets you might have, Meanwhile he 10 % reported “emergency” actions, that are difficult to reverse, how to sell your land.
The IRC pointed out that a part of the inhabitants of the Northern Triangle suffer from hunger or have an inadequate intake of nutrients, well the 44 % of families reported eating two or fewer meals a day before receiving financial support.
Based on Food Consumption Score, one in four families was found to experience poor food intake, which means that the inhabitants of the household could not eat at least basic foods (like corn, rice or banana) and vegetables daily.
The results of the survey determined that there is a lack of safe or decent housing, since the 29 % of families reported living in places where they could not feel safe and at peace, just like him 40 % expressed not having adequate space, considering factors such as heat, fresh air and protection against extreme weather conditions.
“When talking about humanitarian emergencies and Central American countries, we must remember that the crisis originated thousands of kilometers from the border between the United States and Mexico. There are hundreds of thousands of people in these countries who urgently require help for food and shelter.", Galas said.
He added that “in collaboration with all sectors, and with the support of the international community, we must all design and implement an expanded response that helps people survive, recover and rebuild their lives at home” Galas.
The IRC was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein. Work in more than 40 countries and over 20 US cities. THE. helping people survive and strengthen their communities, according to institutional information.