Land Grabs Are Partly To Blame For Skyrocketing Violence In Central America

Key Points: land, violence, control, of Central American, and Northern Honduras

Thousands of Central American migrants ride atop trains, known as La Bestia, or the Beast, through Mexico to reach the U.S. In 2013, San Pedro Sula in Honduras was the world’s murder capital, with a murder rate of  187 murders  per 100,000 inhabitants, driven by a surge in gang and drug trafficking violence.

The answer is multi-faceted but a key element has been overlooked again and again: Local elites and foreign corporations gained control over much of the land that could grow crops, forcing smallholder farmers off their land.

Global firms and local elites are taking land from farmers, which pushes them to cities, where jobs are few.