Politicians use childhood and impoverishment to boost their political image » Criterio.hn

Writing: Vienna Hernandez

Tegucigalpa. – Politicians from various political institutions, seeking to boost their image, run a “help the poor” type of campaign, using the image of Honduran children with limited resources or who live in poverty as their political image.

Politicians’ double standards override the integrity and dignity of minors, using their needs for propaganda purposes.

Instead of creating the conditions to ensure the healthy and promising future that children urgently need, politicians give them on Children’s Day a bag of groceries and a toy, items that will only serve them for a short time.

Human rights doctor Joaquin Mejia pointed out in an interview for Criterion.hn that bipartisanship died but tripartism took its place with the same tricks as bipartisanship.

“One of these tricks and harmful practices for politics in general is to use poverty or the state of vulnerability of broad sectors for campaigning,” he chided.

On his social media pages, politicians such as Mauricio Rivera, a deputy from the Libertad y Refundación (Libre) party, who was formally indicted by the judicial system for crimes of damage, influence peddling and public disorder, posted various opportunities to deliver food to poor people including children.

But this propaganda does not end there, and in other publications it shows the hopelessness and suffering of the elderly and disabled people they assure they will help.

Similarly, Fausto Calix, Executive Director of the Honduran Customs Administration (Customs), shared the photos of the delivery of food on September 10, Children’s Day, to the children of the crematorium in Tegucigalpa.

The deputy of the National Party, Jorge Zelaya, also made propaganda through his Facebook, publicizing his visits to the forgotten mountain towns of Tegucigalpa, those located in the most dangerous parts of the hills, whose houses are made of waste and garbage.

The member of Radio Progreso and the team of reflection, investigation and communication (ERIC), Ismael Moreno, analyzes in a conversation with Criterion.hn that there is a long tradition in Honduras of manipulating human needs.

“Often poor people, victims of a predatory and dispossessing system, fall into this logic, for example by receiving a piñata or some gifts, they reinforce this practice of politicians who rely on demagoguery and image to gain benefit and advantage.” Moreno objected.


The worst of these scenarios is that politicians do this type of work with public funds, that is, money that comes from the pockets of all citizens, but they present it as their own.

“Honduras should ban the advertising of any work they do. That’s what happens with municipalities, they put holes in the street and say, ‘The mayor does this,’ as if it’s individual money, it’s a municipal corporation, and it’s public money,” Mejia reasoned.

Although the delivery of water tankers and food containers does not solve the major problems of the residents’ misery, the politicians know that at least they will make them happy for a moment and maybe already have an earned vote for the next.

In the country and in the government, royalties are not needed because they offend and harm, nor are there campaigns for children’s day, for independence or for Christmas – Moreno stressed – moments in which they use the face of childhood and poverty to remove advantages of proselytizing campaigns.

Instead, Honduras needs public policies aimed at attacking social inequalities and putting in the center of attention the most vulnerable and affected sectors, avoiding the custom of taking pictures of children and the elderly with hugs, seeking to perpetuate inequality and to increase demagoguery, Moreno added.

The truth is that these people who said they would govern differently didn’t really follow through, turning their seat in high positions to run a constant campaign instead of focusing on the job.

For his part, Mejía pointed out to this digital media that in order to put in order the work they do, there are portals of transparency, a place where it should be clear what they are spending the population’s resources on.

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