Zelaya has returned to Honduras

There has been quite a bit in the news over the past 48 hours or so regarding the political situation in Honduras. Manuel Zelaya (the ousted president) returned to the country on Monday (after living in exile in Nicaragua for the past three months), and is currently staying at the Brazilian Embassy (please note: neither the Organization of American States [OAS] nor Brazil played any part in planning and executing the return of Zelaya). As a result of this, a curfew was put into place for the entire nation (due to expire this evening). However, many citizens disregarded this curfew on Tuesday and flooded the streets of Honduras in support of Zelaya, and subsequently were dispersed last night and this morning by police. Many schools and offices closed since the return of Zelaya, though our boys continue to go to class and have lessons at our on-site school. Right now continued accessibility to food and other resources is one of the more prominent concerns for Honduran natives, according to BBC (though Ubil, our Honduran director, has been conscious of this from the beginning and at this point it is not an immediate issue for the Hogar).

The majority of the action – as has been the case since the beginning of this on June 28 – is taking place in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. While airlines have cancelled flights to Honduras for today, and many for tomorrow as well, the most recent reports say that the streets all over are quiet now. Roberto Micheletti (the current de facto president of Honduras) has said that he will step down after Honduras’ national elections in November; however, Zelaya continues to demand his own reinstallation to presidency prior to the elections (noting he would then hand over the presidency in January when the presidential change takes place), and the international community is continuing to support him. According to the Honduran news source, Telesur, Insulza (the president of the OAS) sees Zelaya’s return as a possible golden opportunity to move forward and solve this national crisis and come to a peaceful agreement; for now, news reports say that the nation of Honduras is purely watching and waiting to see what will happen next.

Our children, our staff, and our volunteers are safe and sound; again, Macuelizo (the town where our orphanage is located) is many hours from Tegucigalpa and where the main demonstrations are happening. Ubil and our Honduran staff continue to take any necessary measures to ensure the well-being of our children and the Amigos family.

Right now we ask for your thoughts and prayers, as the nation of Honduras continues to struggle in the fight for stability and peace. Our Honduran friends have yet to lose hope or faith, despite the difficulties this country has faced for years, and in an intensified way for the past three months. We are called, as Christians, to offer them thoughts and prayers of solidarity and peace in these days. Thank you for your support.