(Prensa Latina) Over 200.000 Hondurans were forced to flee in this Central American country last year due to violence, humanitarian agencies reported today.

In this context, representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the National Human Rights Commissioner in Honduras, regretted that many people are forced to leave their communities.

Many displaced people cross afterwards the borders of this territory and seek protection as refugees, said the UNHCR regional representative for Central America, Cuba and Mexico, Jose Xavier Samaniego.

Jose Xavier Samaniego said that in 2015 the UNHCR registered more than 110.000 asylum applications of citizens from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

In the case of Honduras, one of the most violent countries in the region, the homicide rate reaches an average of 60 deaths per 100.000 inhabitants, according to human rights organizations.

With the objective of reducing the violence rates, the leaders of the aforementioned countries recently signed an agreement to confront crime in the region, a phenomenon associated with the proliferation of gangs.

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