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In Honduras, life amid violence, strife

In recent months, many crossing into the U.S. border have come from Honduras, which has the world's highest murder rate mainly due to gang violence.

Angel and Gerson pose for a portrait in the municipal dump where they work in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. For years the social classes of Honduras have lived in two worlds. Wealthy Hondurans use armed guards and live in protected neighborhoods, while those in poorer neighborhoods live among “Las Maras” - criminal gangs - and are at risk of being killed indiscriminately. According to the United Nations, Honduras’ murder rate is the world’s highest, with 79 per 100,000 people in 2013. This has contributed to a recent increase in the number of Honduran children and families crossing the border into the U.S.

A local pastor and church members comfort Darwin Franco’s family at a funeral in Correderos.

A campesino or farm worker in Bajo Aguan. This area of Honduras has been the site of deadly conflict over land rights between local farm cooperatives and wealthy landowners who have increasingly been farming a big part of the arable land for African palm, whose oil has become a lucrative export. The cooperatives had the support of President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a coup in 2009. According to a Human Rights Watch report, 92 people have been killed between 2009 and 2012; most had been active members of peasant organizations.

A carnival worker before the show in San Pedro Sula. While the country is split over politics, 60 percent of Hondurans live in poverty.

Merchants in the city of San Pedro Sula, go about their business while a body lies in the middle of the street. Dead bodies sit for hours before the coroner has time to pick them up. San Pedro Sula is the world’s murder capital, with 187 murders for every 100,000 residents. This violence has had consequences on migration; according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, San Pedro Sula was the top municipality that experienced an exodus of children traveling to the U.S. border in recent months.

Honduran military engage gunmen who were hiding out inside a residence in San Pedro Sula. Mexico’s war against drugs has pushed trafficking through Honduras, and much of the cocaine bound for the U.S. passes through Honduras.

Two teams from the Honduran National American Football League congratulate each other in the rain after a game.

Jorge, the son of a military commander, spends a Sunday afternoon at his aunt’s house.

University students throw teargas bombs back at police during an anti-fraud protest in Tegucigalpa during the 2013 presidential elections.

Walking to the shore in Tula, Honduras.

Boys hang out in the gang controlled El 'Ove Park in Tegucigalpa.

The blood of two brothers and their friend in San Pedro Sula.

A man plays during an evangelical church service in Tegucigalpa.

Jorge and Emilia watch planes take of from the Tegucigalpa airport.