Desperation grows in battered Honduras, fueling migration

People who lost their homes in last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota live under tarps they set up under a bridge on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. President Joe Biden has promised investment in Central America to get at the root causes of immigration, but no one expects to see any change soon. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
People who lost their homes in last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota live under tarps they set up under a bridge on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. President Joe Biden has promised investment in Central America to get at the root causes of immigration, but no one expects to see any change soon. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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The northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula has been the departure gate for thousands of Honduran migrants trying to reach the United States in recent years

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Nory Yamileth Hernández and her three teenage children have been living in a battered tent under a bridge on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula since Hurricane Eta flooded their home in November.

They were there in the dust under the rumbling traffic, surrounded by other storm refugees, when Hurricane Iota hit barely two weeks later. And when the first migrant caravan of the year shuffled by in January, only fear and empty pockets kept them from joining Honduras’ growing exodus.

“I cried because I don’t want to be here anymore,” the 34-year-old Hernández said. She had joined the first big caravan in October 2018, but didn’t make it to Mexico before turning back. She’s sure she will try again soon. “There’s a lot of suffering.”

In San Pedro Sula, Honduras’ economic engine and the departure gate for thousands of Honduran migrants in recent years, families like Hernández’s are caught in a cycle of migration. Poverty and gang violence push them out and increasingly aggressive measures to stop them, driven by the United States government, scuttle their efforts and send them back.

The economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastation wrought by November's hurricanes have only added to those driving forces. Word of a new administration in the U.S. with a softer approach to migrants has raised hopes, too.

After her failed attempt to migrate in 2018, Hernández returned to scraping out a living in San Pedro Sula. Last year, she sold lingerie door-to-door in one of the country’s most dangerous neighborhoods. But the storms wiped out her inventory and her customers had limited ability to pay her for items they bought on credit.

“I couldn’t charge people because we all lost,” Hernández said. “We all have needs, but you have to be sensitive. They don’t have anything to pay with and why go to collect?”

Chamelecon is a neighborhood of low, tin-roofed houses and small shops with barred windows on the outskirts of the city. Only two of its streets are paved, including one that is the dividing line between the rival gangs Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18.

At the bridge where Hernández’s tent is pitched, tattooed youths smoke marijuana and residents slop around in rubber boots. The violence continues, with newspapers talking about finding bodies wrapped in plastic.

In December, Hernández got sick with fever, nausea and, she said, her brain hurt. She went to a hospital, but was never tested for COVID-19. In January, her eldest son writhed in their tent with fever.

The father of her youngest son lives in Los Angeles and encouraged her to get money together for another trip. “He told me that this year is going to be good because they had gotten rid of Trump and the new president was going to help migrants,” Hernández said.

Within weeks, U.S. President Joe Biden signed nine executive orders reversing Trump measures related to family separation, border security and immigration. But fearing a surge in immigration, the administration also sent the message that little will change quickly for migrants arriving at the southern U.S. border.

Hernández recently found work cleaning flooded streets, but she still hasn’t been able to tackle the house where she once lived with 11 others. It’s still filled with several inches of mud and foul water.

The assembly plants that surround San Pedro Sula and power its economy are still not back to pre-hurricane capacity amid the pandemic.

The Sula Valley, Honduras’ most agriculturally productive, was so heavily damaged that international organizations have warned of a food crisis. The World Food Program says 3 million Hondurans face food insecurity, six times higher than before. The dual hurricanes affected an estimated 4 million of Honduras’ 10 million people. The area is also Honduras' hardest-hit by COVID-19 infections.

“It’s a vicious cycle," said Dana Graber Ladek, head of the International Organization for Migration office in Mexico. “They’re suffering poverty, violence, the hurricanes, unemployment, domestic violence, and with that dream of a new (U.S.) administration, of new opportunities, they’re going to try (to migrate) again and again.”

The last several attempted caravans have been foiled, first in Mexico and later in Guatemala, but the daily flow of migrants moved by smugglers continues and has shown signs of increasing. The hope and misinformation associated with the new U.S. administration helps that business too.

“The traffickers are using this opportunity of desperation, of political changes in the United States to spread rumors and false information,” Graber Ladek said.

In January, San Pedro Sula was abuzz with plans to migrate.

Gabriela, 29, feeling like she had nothing to lose, went north just days before a few thousand Hondurans headed out of San Pedro Sula on Jan. 15. She had lost her cleaning job in the pandemic and the rest of her life to the hurricanes. She asked that her full name be withheld because she had made it to southern Mexico and feared being targeted.

Gabriela paid a smuggler, paid off authorities along her route and walked through jungle as part of her journey north.

She had lived in La Lima, a suburb of San Pedro Sula. Small businesses there have begun to reopen, but in outlying neighborhoods, the streets are still full of debris, dead animals, snakes and burning mattresses.

“Everyone wanted to leave,” said Juan Antonio Ramírez, an elderly resident. His children and grandchildren were among some 30 people who spent six days stranded on a corrugated metal roof surrounded by floodwaters in November. “A lot of people went from here, but they all came back. The problem is there’s a barrier and they send them back from Guatemala.”

After the 2018 caravans and rising number of migrants at the U.S. border in early 2019, the U.S. government pressured Mexico and Central American countries to do more to slow migration across their territories. Numbers fell in the latter half of 2019 and Mexico and Guatemala effectively stopped caravans in 2020. In December, a caravan leaving San Pedro Sula didn’t even make it out of Honduras.

But the U.S. has reported a rising number of encounters at the border, showing that beyond the caravans, the migration flow is increasing again.

In September, Lisethe Contreras’ husband made it to Miami. The La Lima resident said it took him three months and $12,000 paid to smugglers. She’s thinking of going too, but for the moment has her small business selling necessities.

Biden has promised investment in Central America to get at the root causes of immigration, but no one expects to see any change soon. Honduras’ primary elections are scheduled for March and nongovernmental organizations worry any aid will come with political strings attached.

Hernández admits confusion and disillusion. “I don’t know. ... They all promise and then don’t follow through,” she said. “I don’t see a good future here.”

Gabriela, already halfway to her goal of reaching the U.S., has no thoughts of turning back, even after 19 people, believed to be mostly Guatemalan migrants, were found shot and burned in northern Mexico just across from Texas.

“I only go back to Honduras if Immigration sends me back,” she said. “And if that happens I’ll try again with my son.”

Nory Yamileth Hernandez stands at the property where she lived with 11 others, including her three teenage children, before it was flooded by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Hernández, 34, said she had joined the first big migrant caravan hoping to reach the U.S. in October 2018 but didn’t make it to Mexico before turning back, and is sure she will try again soon. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Nory Yamileth Hernandez stands at the property where she lived with 11 others, including her three teenage children, before it was flooded by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Hernández, 34, said she had joined the first big migrant caravan hoping to reach the U.S. in October 2018 but didn’t make it to Mexico before turning back, and is sure she will try again soon. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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A muddied wardrobe stands amid the rubble of homes destroyed by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The suburb of San Pedro Sula has seen small businesses begin to reopen, but in outlying neighborhoods, the streets are still full of debris, dead animals, snakes and burning mattresses. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A muddied wardrobe stands amid the rubble of homes destroyed by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The suburb of San Pedro Sula has seen small businesses begin to reopen, but in outlying neighborhoods, the streets are still full of debris, dead animals, snakes and burning mattresses. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Katerine waits for breakfast cooked by her family under a bridge on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The 9-year-old has lived under this bridge with her family since they lost their home to last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in November. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Katerine waits for breakfast cooked by her family under a bridge on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The 9-year-old has lived under this bridge with her family since they lost their home to last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in November. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Floria Sarai Calix pushes her belongings in hopes of finding a safer area to camp out with her son after losing their home in the Chamelecon neighborhood to hurricanes Eta and Iota, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces that drive Hondurans to migrate: poverty and gang violence. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Floria Sarai Calix pushes her belongings in hopes of finding a safer area to camp out with her son after losing their home in the Chamelecon neighborhood to hurricanes Eta and Iota, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces that drive Hondurans to migrate: poverty and gang violence. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Pieces of clothing hang from a tree in the Chamelecon River after the water brought by hurricanes Eta and Iota receded little by little in the Saviñon Cruz neighborhood oof San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The assembly plants that surround San Pedro Sula and power its economy are still not back to pre-hurricane capacity amid the pandemic.  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Pieces of clothing hang from a tree in the Chamelecon River after the water brought by hurricanes Eta and Iota receded little by little in the Saviñon Cruz neighborhood oof San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The assembly plants that surround San Pedro Sula and power its economy are still not back to pre-hurricane capacity amid the pandemic. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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The Chamelecon River flows by the Saviñon Cruz neighborhood which was completely submerged during last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The dual hurricanes affected an estimated 4 million Honduras’ 10 million people, and the northern territory has also been Honduras' hardest hit by COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
The Chamelecon River flows by the Saviñon Cruz neighborhood which was completely submerged during last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The dual hurricanes affected an estimated 4 million Honduras’ 10 million people, and the northern territory has also been Honduras' hardest hit by COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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A mother bathes her child at a shelter for those like them who lost their homes during last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The World Food Program says the number of Hondurans facing food insecurity is 3 million, six times higher than before. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A mother bathes her child at a shelter for those like them who lost their homes during last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The World Food Program says the number of Hondurans facing food insecurity is 3 million, six times higher than before. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Floodwaters brought by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota continue to stand in the Saviñon Cruz neighborhood where people's homes were destroyed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. San Pedro Sula is Honduras’ economic engine and the departure gate for thousands of Honduran migrants in recent years who are caught in a cycle of migration. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Floodwaters brought by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota continue to stand in the Saviñon Cruz neighborhood where people's homes were destroyed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. San Pedro Sula is Honduras’ economic engine and the departure gate for thousands of Honduran migrants in recent years who are caught in a cycle of migration. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Juan Antonio Ramirez, 73, points to a tree that was hit by the floods during last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in the San Jose neighborhood of La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where banana and sugar cane workers live, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Ramirez's children and grandchildren were among some 30 people who spent six days stranded on a corrugated metal roof surrounded by floodwaters in November. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Juan Antonio Ramirez, 73, points to a tree that was hit by the floods during last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in the San Jose neighborhood of La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where banana and sugar cane workers live, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Ramirez's children and grandchildren were among some 30 people who spent six days stranded on a corrugated metal roof surrounded by floodwaters in November. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Stains left by mud and water from last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota mark a wall decorated by a Bible passage in the Saviñon Cruz neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The words say in Spanish "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Psalm 34:7" (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Stains left by mud and water from last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota mark a wall decorated by a Bible passage in the Saviñon Cruz neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The words say in Spanish "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Psalm 34:7" (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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A couple kiss at the shelter where they live since losing their home in last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota, in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces of poverty and gang violence that drive Hondurans to migrate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A couple kiss at the shelter where they live since losing their home in last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota, in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces of poverty and gang violence that drive Hondurans to migrate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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A resident continues to extract items from her home after it was flooded by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in the Saviñon Cruz neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces of poverty and gang violence that drive Hondurans to migrate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A resident continues to extract items from her home after it was flooded by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in the Saviñon Cruz neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces of poverty and gang violence that drive Hondurans to migrate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Clothes hang dry inside a warehouse where a family left homeless by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota live near the Chamelecon neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces of poverty and gang violence that drive Hondurans to migrate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Clothes hang dry inside a warehouse where a family left homeless by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota live near the Chamelecon neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces of poverty and gang violence that drive Hondurans to migrate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Youths carry donated hot meals back to their tents alongside a highway where they live with others after last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota left their family's homeless in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The World Food Program says the number of Hondurans facing food insecurity is 3 million, six times higher than before. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Youths carry donated hot meals back to their tents alongside a highway where they live with others after last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota left their family's homeless in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The World Food Program says the number of Hondurans facing food insecurity is 3 million, six times higher than before. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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A family left homeless by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota live inside an empty warehouse near the Chamelecon neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces of poverty and gang violence that drive Hondurans to migrate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A family left homeless by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota live inside an empty warehouse near the Chamelecon neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces of poverty and gang violence that drive Hondurans to migrate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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A neighbor pauses as he cleans outside his shack, built after his home was destroyed by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in the La Samaritana community of La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. La Lima has seen small businesses begin to reopen, but in outlying neighborhoods, the streets are still full of debris, dead animals, snakes and burning mattresses. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A neighbor pauses as he cleans outside his shack, built after his home was destroyed by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in the La Samaritana community of La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. La Lima has seen small businesses begin to reopen, but in outlying neighborhoods, the streets are still full of debris, dead animals, snakes and burning mattresses. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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A banana plantation lays in ruins after last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The Sula Valley, Honduras’ most agriculturally productive, was so heavily damaged that international organizations have warned of a food crisis. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A banana plantation lays in ruins after last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The Sula Valley, Honduras’ most agriculturally productive, was so heavily damaged that international organizations have warned of a food crisis. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Xiomara Cruz, right, and Melinda Martínez reunite for the first time since last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota on the route to a banana plantation where they worked before last year's storms destroyed the area in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces of poverty and gang violence that drive Hondurans to migrate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Xiomara Cruz, right, and Melinda Martínez reunite for the first time since last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota on the route to a banana plantation where they worked before last year's storms destroyed the area in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The devastation wrought by November's hurricanes and the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic has added to the forces of poverty and gang violence that drive Hondurans to migrate. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Dry, cracked mud covers a banana field destroyed by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The Sula Valley, Honduras’ most agriculturally productive, was so heavily damaged that international organizations have warned of a food crisis. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Dry, cracked mud covers a banana field destroyed by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The Sula Valley, Honduras’ most agriculturally productive, was so heavily damaged that international organizations have warned of a food crisis. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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A Chiquita container sits on the side of the road where it was dragged by floodwaters during last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota at a banana packing plant in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.  The Sula Valley, Honduras’ most agriculturally productive, was so heavily damaged that international organizations have warned of a food crisis. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A Chiquita container sits on the side of the road where it was dragged by floodwaters during last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota at a banana packing plant in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The Sula Valley, Honduras’ most agriculturally productive, was so heavily damaged that international organizations have warned of a food crisis. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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The shells of homes lay in ruins in La Samaritana village after last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota destroyed the area in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Those who lived here are now in nearby temporary shacks made of wood and zink sheets. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
The shells of homes lay in ruins in La Samaritana village after last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota destroyed the area in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Those who lived here are now in nearby temporary shacks made of wood and zink sheets. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Maria Elena Vasquez shows a photo recovered from her home destroyed by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Vasquez returns every afternoon to remove the mud in hopes of returning to live here. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Maria Elena Vasquez shows a photo recovered from her home destroyed by last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Vasquez returns every afternoon to remove the mud in hopes of returning to live here. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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Maria Elena Vasquez stands inside what's left of her home after last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where she returns every afternoon to remove the mud in hopes of returning to live here, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Twenty-two years before the 2020 storms, Hurricane Mitch destroyed Vasquez's other home, which was replaced with this one, built by a Catholic charity from Canada. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Maria Elena Vasquez stands inside what's left of her home after last year's hurricanes Eta and Iota in La Lima, on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where she returns every afternoon to remove the mud in hopes of returning to live here, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Twenty-two years before the 2020 storms, Hurricane Mitch destroyed Vasquez's other home, which was replaced with this one, built by a Catholic charity from Canada. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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