Prison Fire in Honduras

For hours yesterday, Hondurans gathered outside the prison's chain link fence in Comayagua, to learn if their friends or relatives had been given a death sentence. Today, we take you to Honduras, for the latest on the fire and for a look at the situation generally in one of the world's most dangerous countries.



Today's guest host was Jim Brown.

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Prison Fire in Honduras - BBC Journalist, Will Grant

It's the deadliest prison fire the world has seen in at least a century. Officials have confirmed 358 people were killed in the fire. Those who survived say many victims died trapped and screaming in their cells while the guards searched for the keys.

There were about 850 prisoners in the Comayagua prison ... far more than it was built to hold. Over-crowding is a problem in prisons throughout the crime-plagued central American country, which currently has the highest murder rate in the world. Will Grant is a BBC journalist. He was in Comayagua, Honduras.

Prison Fire in Honduras - Honduras Weekly, Bryan Escoto Rodezno

Bryan Escoto Rodezno writes for HondurasWeekly.com. He's about an hour away from the prison in Tegucigalpa ... where the dead and injured are being transported.

Prison Fire in Honduras - Professor Adrienne Pine

While this week's prison fire has been by far the most deadly, it's not the only one in recent Honduran history. In 2003, nearly 70 prisoners died in a riot and fire. A year later, more than 100 died in an overcrowded facility.

Adrienne Pine has researched Honduras for more than 15 years and knows a lot about those cases - and the backdrop against which they occurred. She teaches anthropology at the American University in Washington and is the author of Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras. We reached Adrienne Pine in Oakland, California.

This half-hour segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath, Ellen Saenger and Gord Westmacott.

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