More than 200,000 of the six million people living in Honduras have roots in Palestine. They are the third largest (after Chile and the United States) Palestinian community outside of the Middle East. They are almost all Orthodox Christians, and despite their being only a small fraction of the total population many of the Palestinians hold important positions in trade, industry and politics in Honduras.
The Palestinians in Honduras maintain their Arabic culture, keep up frequent contacts with their families in Palestine, and are very involved in political developments in the Middle East. At the same time, they are well integrated, at least within the Honduran elite. Most have been economically successful, so that they have money to travel back to their homeland regularly. Nor is it exceptional to find prominent politicians with a Palestinian background. Ex-president Carlos Flores Facusse has a Palestinian mother, and the present Minister of Foreign Affairs is of Palestinian descent. Speaking for the government, in 2011 he acknowledged the right of the Palestinians to a state of their own.
This story is part of Via Panam, Kadir van Lohuizen’s project about migration in the Americas.