Feature Picture – “Tornabe, Honduras”!

08 Oct


Third Place

Holly Wilmeth Sipa Press / International Health Emissaries

“Tornabe, Honduras” One of the highest concentrations of HIV positive communities in the Western Hemisphere lies off the coast of Honduras with the Garifuna people in Honduras.

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Posted by on October 8, 2006 in Art, Current Events, Health, People, Photography


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11 responses to “Feature Picture – “Tornabe, Honduras”!

  1. Suresh Gundappa

    October 9, 2006 at 10:31 am

    Again superb story and photo!

  2. Contented Tea

    January 25, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    A WHO survey of 126 countries: 56 countries did not test the blood donations for HIV or hepatitis. This is a disturbing story but an open avenue for improvement.

  3. Contented Tea

    February 18, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    There is a patient, she is HIV positive. In youth while studying abroad she had one night that changed her life. She is now an advocate for women with the same diagnosis. She also has a devoted husband and two healthy toddlers she conceived.

    In such a devoted marriage one feels safe.

    Who would not welcome a devoted husband and wife relationship if that is the preference – instead of one that is a witness to divided affection?

    A mentoring relationship is different. The reciprocity is there but shared between the mentor and many pupils.

    In both types of relationships one feels complete if respect is given to the fundamental principles the relationship is built upon.

    We do things to make others feel safe. Clinicians make sure a patient sees them wash their hands before examining them. It sends the right message.

    When it is safe for all, then it is time to leave a relationship that is no longer abiding by its fundamental principles. A complicating factor for a new relationship if it is starting while that is occurring is one may be proving unfaithful to one’s own principles. In addition, one would not want to enter a new relationship without the fundamental principles clearly defined.

    Maybe I should have posted under wholeness, this seemed to fit best. Be nice.

  4. Candis

    March 1, 2007 at 2:48 pm


  5. lit'l byrd

    March 1, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Diseases are not disturbing – it is the effect – suffering.

    Yesterday someone called me 1,000 miles away with trach and feeding tube in place. I told her to remember I am holding her hand. She tried to make me laugh but I heard fear. Disturbed – yes – not with her – not this mother hen.

    A lack of responsibility to protect a people or individual when protection is available- disturbing – yes.

    Candis, some of my most valued feelings for people come from the personal experiences of nice people – like your nation and your father. Disturbing – never.

  6. kabababrubarta

    March 26, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Nice design! kabababrubarta

  7. dee dee

    May 8, 2007 at 11:51 am

    i know that you are trying to make apoint and it is true that tornabe has people with HIV and AIDS but thats not the only thing to it. why do people only look at the negative things about a poor country and donttry to make an improvement for that counrty. tornabe is a caring and welcoming place that should be reconigzed for the goosd that they treat people and the good they are.

  8. Ian

    July 25, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    I spent a week living in Tornabe in June 2006 and I absolutely love the photograph! It delights me to see the futbol kick because playing the game is quite the pastime there. But about the AIDS… I completely agree with Candis and Dee Dee. The warmest and most joyful people I have ever met live in Tornabe, and the cold, dry statement (though effectively sobering) about AIDS denies the beauty that saturates Tornabe and the Garifuna people as a whole. Perhaps what we should really worry about is the Pervasive American Materialism that our media has effectively saturated Garifuna children with. The ironic part is that the culture is so marginalized and exploited by groups with more power, that they don’t have the money to buy the material things that they now desire. However, the materialistic ideology still enters their consciousness. The Language is not taught in Honduran schools anymore. But “Bling” is a well known word and yes, it is everywhere, along with Coca-Cola advertisements. As depressing as all this may seem, I would like to point out again, how incredibly warm and Tranquilo the residents of Tornabe are.
    I want to offer a suggestion for those who share my empathy and concern for disadvantaged people who, not by their own doing, have found themselves left out of the industrial revolution.
    Visit Tornabe, see it for yourself. It is an incredible Carribean paradise with incredible Carribean people whose language has no equivalent word to stress. Spend your money there, instead of the 10-hotel and golf complex that is being built by the Honduran government and international investors. It is between Tornabe and Miami, Honduras, where people still live in palm-thatched huts without electricity and eat fish and play futbol, rather than become dependent on a wage of $25 a week. And do bring some soccer balls and condoms, as it is also part of Garifuna culture to be playful and sexual creatures.
    Above all, the most important thing is to make sure that the money you spend, stays where you spend it, and is not mostly remitted right back to the US through international corporations or expensive luxury imports by corrupt, super-rich ceo’s.
    You want to fix the AIDS problem in Honduras, fix the cause: extreme poverty and neglect as a result of United Fruit and Standard Fruit’s 100 years of economic, military, and political Hijacking of the Honduran people. (Oh and these companies are now called Chiquita and Dole)
    Bypass the middleman and travel to the third world independently, spend your money where it makes the biggest difference, and most of the time, you will spend much less than if you went along the beaten path, but be sure and be respectful.
    I suppose I have been wordy enough.
    Thanks for listening.
    – IAN

  9. Nicole

    December 16, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    I agree with IAN. Tornabe is a magical place that is suffering from issues of poor and underserved governance. The people are amazing however impoverished by domestic and international monetary stipulations that maintains a great level of poverty, which leaves the men, especially, to resort to employmet outside of town. Tornabe, as many of the surrounding cities, such as Miami, rich in culture, along with Punta Sal, also rich in culture and wildlife will survive if westerners do not overtake the villages and imply their views, but if the cities are enriched with the wealth of visitors who embrace love, and experience the culture.

  10. Frijol

    January 31, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I agree with IAN as well-I spent time in Tornabe in January of ’08 and was struck b ythe warmth and mirth of the people more than anything else. Thank you IAN for expressing your views and bringing our attention to the more pressing issues.

  11. AlexM

    August 11, 2008 at 9:23 am



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