The Organization of American States, following the consent of the de facto interim government in Honduras, has decided to send a delegation of chancellors to Honduras. The mission of this group is to insist on a negotiated solution to the national crisis this Central American country has been experiencing since the 28th of June.
According to BBC World News, "The OAS hopes Mr. Micheletti can be persuaded to accept a detailed plan proposed by the Costa Rican President, Oscar Arias. Under this, Mr. Zelaya would return to serve out his presidency and a government of national reconciliation would be set up. There would be an amnesty for political crimes committed during the crisis, and presidential elections would be brought forward to 28 October."
A date has yet to be set for this reunion to take place.
Meanwhile, on the ground in Honduras supporters of Zelaya continue to gather and make their voices heard. Jean Monahan, the mother of one of our current volunteers, who just recently returned from a visit to see her daughter in Honduras on Tuesday, offered the following observation:
“About an hour from the airport yesterday we met up with the marchers heading to San Pedro Sula, so we inched along with them -- quite an adventure. They were all calm and cheerful and the police even seemed to be enjoying themselves."
It is interesting that the current situation in Honduras continues to be referred to as a "national crisis." Interesting, because in the area where our orphanage is located, and the places where our children come from, the struggle to survive every day can - and should - be considered a crisis. Amigos offers children a respite from this crisis, a chance to be well-fed, educated, loved, and breathe a bit more easily. But that daily life crisis continues for so many.
Jean Monahan concludes her reflection with a beautiful note, a few poignant "other words" that we may let sit on our hearts:
"I would encourage any parents who can do so to go visit and they will be impressed by the peace and beauty of the people, even in their simple life. I am reminded of Mother Teresa's insight that loneliness is the greatest poverty.”
Let us continue to unite our prayers in hope for a restoration of peace to this beautiful Central American nation, and for an end to the daily crisis of all the children.