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Difficult Existence (by Dan Denardo)

"While in Honduras last week, I observed many difficult scenes. The man above has a cane in one hand (fashioned from a stick) and a machete in the other hand.
I learned a statistic that I found both shocking and sad regarding emergency room visits in Honduras. Most emergency visits in Honduras are caused by two things (in this order):
1. Unintentional machete accidents.
2. Intentional acts with machetes.
Welcome to the real world.....the world outside our privileged existence..."

**This past October, an extremely talented photographer Dan Denardo travelled to Honduras with the teams. The photographs that he captured during his time there are truly amazing.

I encourage you to visit his blog at


Photo of Honduran Campesino walking with his machete.

Man in photo appears to be a grass cutter. The agricultural tool he is grasping in his left hand is an Imacasa Colima style machete and in his right hand the hooked stick he's carrying is not a cane but is called a gancho or grabato, used in pulling the cut grass or brush that has been cut out of his way and as an aid It in steadying flexible vegetation that is to be cut. It is very common to see people in the rural areas of Mexico, Central & South America, the Caribbean and in Africa carring machetes including school children carrying them to school, particularly those that have to walk 2-4 hours through the jungle in the dark to get to school in the early morning. Also not uncommon in the cities for gardners and commuting agricultural workers to be carrying them on the buses. Laws only require the cutting edge to be wrapped in newspaper or card board. Leather sheaths are too expensive for the poor (4 to 5 times the cost of a machete). I've spent a lifetime in the jungles of Central and South America. Eric