Date Publish: 
Friday, June 9, 2017

IOM, together with students of the Miguel Rafael Madrid Institute, organized an artistic mural in the city of Catacamas, Olancho department in Honduras, which symbolizes the risks of irregular migration and promotes the rights of migrants.

The students received training on the role of art as a transforming agent of society. After this, they collaborated directly, under the supervision of the Honduran artist Denis Berrios, in the creation of the artistic mural that will decorate from now on the outer wall of the educational center.

The work is composed of puzzle pieces that show different elements of the migrant children's life, as well as their rights: education, art, sport, among others. The mural also includes the phrase: You also have the right to dream here, a message of encouragement for all the children and adolescents who decide to reach their goals in their communities of origin.

This activity, carried out in coordination with the Municipality of Catacamas and the direction of the institute, has been executed in this city Olanchana for being one of those with a higher expulsion rate in Honduras. "As IOM, we will make every effort to promote and guarantee the rights of children and adolescents, especially returning migrant children, as one of the most vulnerable groups", said IOM's Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Jorge Peraza Breedy.

In addition to the artistic mural, a series of playful and informative activities were developed in the educational center. All this in the framework of the regional communication strategy InformArte en Movimiento, which aims to reduce irregular migration, protect human rights and strengthen access of migrants to assistance mechanisms.

This event was part of the regional program Strengthening capacities to protect and assist vulnerable migrants in Mesoamerica (Mesoamerica Program), funded by the US Department of State.

For more information, please contact OIM Honduras, Ismael Cruceta ([email protected]) or IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Alba Miriam Amaya ([email protected]).