Central America | Honduras | North Coast | Trujillo – temples and shelters
I spend the last couple of weekends exploring some cultural sites near Trujillo (as well as nurturing my hangover).
The remains of Chan Chan, the largest mud city in the world are just round the corner. It was built between the 1000 and 1500 AD by the Chimbu Empire and is covered in gorgeous mud carvings. There are also a couple of temples near here (Huaca del sol y de la Luna), which are also built from mud and date back to around 400 AD. They were erected by the Moche who slaughtered hundreds of people here as a sacrifice to their gods.
Building with mud bricks is still very common round here, in fact a small group of us volunteers is currently working on a building site in Las Delicias (20 minutes from Trujillo), building a shelter for young rape victims, using mud and bamboo.
I havent seen the site yet but Ive been told there is a high demand for a home for these girls. What happens usually is that mothers here have 6 to 8 children, most of them from different men. It is very common for the latest partner of a mother to abuse her oldest daughter(s), often only about 9-12 years old. If the daughter gets pregnant from her stepfather she will be kicked out of the house, out of embarrassment and jealousy. These young girls have no other option than prostitution, which is why we are trying to build a place were they can live with their babies, get food and education and are protected from other men.
There is not much else to report this week. Ive been trying to take some pictures of the kids in the playground but it proves almost impossible. As soon as they see the camera they are almost all gathering around me trying to touch it, look through it or get me to take their photo. Some little boy or girl will almost always run or hold its little hand in front of the lens as Im taking a shot. Some of us have digital cameras were you can obviously see the picture after having taken it, so whenever I manage to take a photo they will all jump up on me trying to see the image at the back of the camera.
One little four year old even offered to show me how to take pictures, if I would let him hold the camera for a while.