Is bad news good news
Bad news in international media about the region may be good news for supporters of a bill currently being debated in the United States Congress, which would provide $1 billion in financial aid to the “Northern Triangle”: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
The New York Times recently reported protests over political scandals in Guatemala, while the Washington Post focused on a resurgence of violence in El Salvador.
For its part, the Financial Times reported on the spread of crime and political corruption in Central America and Mexico.
An aid package of $1 billion a year is not a lot.
But at 1% of the combined GDP of the three countries, it would help alleviate extreme poverty and combat crime, while reducing the pressure on Guatemalans, Hondurans and El Salvadorans to emigrate.
Currently, a fifth of the population of El Salvador lives in the United States, in many cases illegally.
In each of Guatemala and Honduras, the emigration figure is lower but still shocking – one in every six people.