Ross Kemp: Extreme World


Series 4 - Episode 3 Honduras



The people Ross Kemp meets this week in Central America are genuinely caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Fleeing drugs gangs and death threats in Honduras or Nicaragua, they embark – with little but their faith to sustain them – on an equally dangerous journey seeking what they hope is a better life in the US.

But as they travel through Mexico they’re equally prey to marauding gangs, corrupt police or the sheer danger of riding on top of giant freight trains that have a horrid tendency to derail. It’s a subject that’s been reflected in films such as Sin Nombre or last year’s The Golden Dream.

It’s heartbreaking to hear the stories of these refugees, which is, essentially, what most of them are. Many are little more than children, and the odds are stacked against them completing their journey to an almost ludicrous extent.


Ross Kemp visits the Central American republic of Honduras, where he makes his way to the city of San Pedro Sula. With a rate of 169 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants last year - an average of more than three people each day - Sula has the dubious distinction of being the most dangerous city on the planet outside of a war zone. Ross discovers how armed drug gangs have taken over many parts of the country, forcing thousands to flee north on a freight train that transports migrants through Guatemala and across Mexico into the United States. But it's an arduous journey and not for the faint-hearted. Even if passengers avoid falling off the roof of the train to their deaths, they face being robbed by bandits, raped, murdered or kidnapped and sold into slavery.