How to Ensure Aid to Central America Will Reach the People, Not Line the Pockets of Corrupt Leaders
We begin with the efforts by the Biden Administration to deal with the flood of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala by attacking the root causes of why migrants flee their homelands which are largely due to corruption, lawlessness and violence. With Vice President Kamala Harris announcing a $310 million humanitarian aid package to Central America, we get an analysis of how much of that money will reach the people given that the leader of Guatemala was responsible for a prison massacre involving extrajudicial killings, the leader of Honduras is immersed in drug dealing with his brother in a U.S. prison for importing hundreds of tons of cocaine into the U.S. and the leader of El Salvador is an outright fascist who just removed the country’s judiciary. Joining us is cultural anthropologist Victoria Sanford who studies human rights and international humanitarian law and is the Director of the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies at Lehman College, City University of New York who has spent years uncovering evidence of genocide in Guatemala. She joins us to discuss her article at Barrio Zona “Central America Needs a Regional Commission to Prosecute Corruption, Not a War on Migration” and the need for the O.A.S. and the U.N. to get involved to help the U.S. clean up these criminal regimes so that humanitarian aid ends up helping the people not lining the pockets of corrupt leaders.
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