Viagra-fuelled Honduran youths

Dear people,

The headline is a bit exaggerated, but according to the Honduran daily newspaper El Heraldo, young Catrachos are getting their kicks in a less orthodox way, and one which is more associated with men over 50 rather than lads under 21. I doubt the more traditional narcotics are going out of fashion any time soon, but it seems young men are either needing a bit of help with their “keepy-uppies” or Catrachas are demanding a lot from their young lucky but struggling lovers (post- modern feminism?).

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Yes, young male Hondurans have been caught buying illegal Viagra on the street. Not only that; they’re doing it the park right in front of the Cathedral where I was baptised a little over a year ago, for L.30 – L.50 a pop (between £1 to £2). It might be all the rage with this generation (Youngsters. We never did that in our day (unfortunately)) but it’s caused something of an outrage since it hit the front page on Monday, and it’s also a kick in the metaphorical balls for machisimo which, like in many Latin American countries, is very prevalent in Honduras. People are concerned that young lovers will get heart problems by overdosing and/or cause more long-term erectile dysfunctionality, especially as the pills are sold illegally and could be crammed with a whole load dangerous of toxins. For many, it’s given them the giggles, especially myself and a couple of Spanish friends who have taken photos and sent them to loved ones in our native countries. I very rarely buy newspapers these days, especially when you can read it online for free. I did that day though, thanks to the thought-provoking headline you can read (or roughly translate) above. I doubt it’s a great social endemic, and the newspaper and I might be blowing it a bit out of proportion. But it just goes to show that sex really does sell, in many more ways than one.

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Making mocking comments like these could return to haunt me, so I’ll finish there.

In other news, apart from the bog standard extortionist, murder, corruption, narco and gang-related stories, the FBI believe the murder scene for the Berta Cáceres case had been tampered with. I guess there’s more news to follow.

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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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