Tegucigalpa, Honduras, December 26th, 1997
In the early morning of December 25th, 1997 (Christmas Day), at
approximately 2am, three Honduran street children, Sandra
Yamilet Gonzalez (16); Olman Francisco Olivar (16) and Fany Cerrato
(16), were gathered together on the corner of Morelos Avenue and
Cervantes Avenue in Tegucigalpa.
All of a sudden, a blue pick-up pulled up alongside them and a man
got out and pulled out a gun and started firing at the children.
Sandra was seriously wounded in the right leg, and Olman was wounded
in the right shoulder. A third bullet missed Fany. The man then got
back into the pick-up and drove away.
According to the children, the man did not say anything at all. He
just shot them and left. The children described the man as white,
medium height, with a large belly and brown eyes. He was dressed
in a whit shirt and brown trousers. There was seemingly one
person more in the pick-up who did not get out. It is not clear
whether it was a male or female.
Fany ran to Casa Alianza (about 20 yards away) and screamed for help
and the guard immediately called for an ambulance. Both the wounded
children were taken to the Hospital Escuela - a public hospital -
but, because of it being a holiday, there was very poor attention.
Both children were operated upon and the bullets removed. Because of
the inadequate attention, on December 26th, casa Alianza staff
decided to transfer Sandra and Olman to the Casa Alianza
facilities where they are being attended by the agency's staff.
Sandra is not in very good shape and may be tranferred to a
private clinic. Olman is improving. Fany is also in Casa Alianza
at the present time.
Casa Alianza's Legal Aid Office staff was called in from their
holiday break and they immediately made a formal report to the
Criminal Investigation Department (DIC - for their initials in
Spanish) and the complaint was classified as Attempted Murder and
assigned Case No. DO4692-97. Because of the holiday period
though, we were told that no investigation would take place until at
least next week. Both children were taken to a forensic doctor for a
Without a licence plate number, and unless other witnesses are found
- and with an already late investigation - it is highly improbable
that the person responsible will be found. However, please write a
short message (in Spanish if possible, but if not, in English)
requesting an immediate investigation into the attempted murder of
Sandra and Olman to:
Dr. Leo Valladares, HRights Procurator <firstname.lastname@example.org> - pls
note that it is a number one after "conadeh"
Honduran Embassy in Belgium <email@example.com>
Honduran Embassy in USA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
AND -IMPORTANT- TO THE FOLLOWING HONDURAN MEDIA:
El Nuevo Dia
Honduras This Week
Please send a copy of your message to
AND CHRISTMAS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A TIME OF PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING....