It’s the stuff of science fiction: machines that make decisions about who and when to kill. Referred to as “autonomous weapons”, they’re already in use to some degree. But as more sophisticated systems are being developed we wanted to an expert in the field about whether such systems comply with international humanitarian law and what it means for humanity to give machines the power over human life and death.
The migration route through Central America can be dangerous and exhausting. On their way to North America, many people who have decided to migrate face multiple challenges during their journey that can pose a risk to their lives and well-being. However, they can find support from Honduran Red Cross volunteers who deliver water, food and medical care at humanitarian service points along the way.
According to data from the Honduran National Migration Institute (INM), the number of migrants entering the country in 2022 increased by 973.7 per cent compared to the previous year. Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Haiti and Colombia are the most prevalent nationalities among those crossing Honduran borders.
Beyond the statistics that help contextualise the migration situation in Central America, it is also important to understand that many of these people have been in transit for weeks or even months. Many of them start their journey from South America and then pass through one of the most dangerous routes in Central America, a swath of dense, mostly uninhabited jungle in Panama known as the Darién Gap.
To arrive in Honduras, they must have also passed though Costa Rica and Nicaragua and their needs are often dire — far beyond just hydration, food and shelter. For the Honduran Red Cross, providing psychosocial support is crucial to help people cope with the emotional difficulties and trauma they have likely experienced.