Baking ovens. Traditional ovens fueled by wood harvested by refugees. Mesa Grande, Honduras, ca. 1985.
Forced removal of refugees from La Virtud to relocation at (M). Note the hoes being saved by a refugee. This relocation was part of the US, El Salvador, Honduras scheme to clear the border area and militarize it as an alleged barrier against the FLMN and the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. There was a failed attempt to relocate both Colomancagua and Mesa Grande which generated strong opposition from the refugees who feared being removed further from home. The UNHCR played a very dubious role in this scheme and earned the hostility of the refugees and protests to Geneva. Honduras, ca. 1985
Community. La Virtud, Honduras, ca. 1985.
A general view. La Vritud, Honduras, ca. 1985.
Families. Colomancagua, Honduras, 1985.
Waiting for our arrival with gardens in the background. Gardens were very productive and had river water available for irrigation. La Virtud, Honduras, ca. 1985.
This image illustrate the demography of the camps and in particular the prominence of children and young teens. As teens grew older some went back to El Salvador to join the FMLN and the civil war. Colomancagua, Honduras, ca. 1985.
Meyer Brownstone and one of the master potters. The gift remains in his possession. Colomancagua, Honduras, ca. 1985.
Bruce Cockburn et al having a refreshment. Honduras, ca. 1985.
General view with very productive gardens in the background. The Salvadorans were excellent farmers as was confirmed when Meyer Brownstone worked with refugees in Nicaragua on land allocated by the Nicaraguan government. La Virtud, Honduras, ca. 1985.