Gustavo Cerati and Mario Zelaya – part two

Dear readers,

Today was Dia del Niño in Honduras. If you fill kids with sugar, they explode. Not literally, but in excitement. This is a basic fact of life. When kids are like that, I hate them. Note to self, when I have my own kids, tell them that sweets kill you. They kind of do. Think of diabetes.

Before I start, I think I should include this petition. Oceana Gold, a mining company, is suing El Salvador for millions; just for saying no to a mine that would have destroyed its remaining water supply. Just click on the link to sign and find out more.

Now for Mario Zelaya. That surname has caused enough stir in Honduras already. Whereas Mel Zelaya was more on the left side, Mario was on the right. I’m not sure if they’re related. Mario has been in the news lot in the last few months. He’s been the country’s most hunted man. For good reason too. A couple of years ago, while he was director of IHSS, Instituto Hondureño del Seguro Social (basically social security and head of the public health system in Honduras), it seems that he managed to steal a whopping 7000 million Lempiras (roughly $335m). How on earth he was allowed or able to rob that amount of money is beyond me. More so, I don’t know how he lives with himself. Public hospitals in Honduras barely have the basic medicines, let alone the essential, leaving the majority of patients with illness or injury to remain suffering in pain, and in many cases die. Unfortunately, the majority of people live in poverty. 

It seems that he was caught in El Paraiso trying to get into Nicaragua. Where the money went; some people have told me he has homes in many beautiful homes in Honduras and in The USA, one of which has strong links to former president, Pepe Lobo, which doesn’t surprise me at all. Some believe that he’s been set up and many more important people are caught up in this.  Some people questioned if he’s been caught at all. Others want him linched in the stadium on independence day next week. Others wonder when he will get away with it all. Letting impunity continue.

Many are happy he’s caught anyway. Possible punishment: a prison cell full of sugar rushed kids.

There we go. How Cerati and Zelaya touched many lives. In two very different ways. As for now, I’m tired and need sleep.

As I’ve had a bad day at work today, I am going to cheer myself up with a song that cheers me up.

Coldplay, Panic.


About Nicholas Rogers

I am an English journalist/copywriter living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and I have been here since 2011. I originally came to work with Casa Alianza, which supports street kids and vulnerable youths. I then stayed on, after meeting Pamela Cruz Lozano, who calls me her adopted Catracho. I work freelance journalism and I have my own translation business. Why did I come here? For the challenge, to open my mind and get out of my comfort zone. I love literature and I've written a book with street kids. I write novels, short stories and poetry, all of which you will find on this blog, as well as a lot of information about Honduras. View all posts by Nicholas Rogers

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