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bubble and step outside

bubble and step outside

As an American living in a privileged bubble, it’s hard to know the rawness of life outside, even when I witness it first-hand.

I recently took a photography assignment in Honduras. The last time I was in that country was in 1999, right after Hurricane Mitch had devastated the region. Perhaps a bit naive, but truly well-intentioned, a group of my college friends and I headed there on spring break to help rebuild a village in the remote mountains a day’s drive from Tegucigalpa. Without electricity, we worked exclusively by daylight. At night, we slept outside under a sheet of stars, unaware of just how dangerous and chaotic the world was around us.

Over a decade later, I returned, this time wearing a different hat, and much more alert to the reality of the situation there. I trolled the U.S. State Department’s website daily for updates from that country, which claims the highest homicide rate, per capita, in the world. Although the crime rate has steadily declined since 1999, when it was at its highest, kidnappings, carjackings, and other unmentionable crimes are still common occurrences. Recently, six people were stopped while leaving the San Pedro Sula airport, where I arrived a week later, dragged out of their cars and sprayed with bullets. The gunfire was so intense that people inside of the airport were injured.

So, I traveled by day in an armored vehicle, with bullet-proof tires and an armed driver. At night, I was locked behind doors with machine guns keeping watch outside.

As an American, it’s hard to pop that privileged bubble and step outside.

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