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Comayagua tragedy (February 16, 2012)

We were extremely shocked to learn of the fire that broke out during the night of February 14 to 15 in Comayagua prison in Honduras.

We are saddened by the heavy provisional toll, according to which 350 detainees burned to death or died of asphyxiation and approximately 350 were seriously injured. Around one hundred of them, having suffered very serious burns, were transferred to the “Hospital Escuela” public hospital in Tegucigalpa.

France has decided to respond to the appeal for international assistance by the Honduran government, which is asking for help with respect to treating victims with serious burns and forensics.

Today, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs will send 600 liters of serums, 600 pain treatment kits and 200 burn treatment kits. All of this assistance will make it possible to treat at least 50 of the most seriously affected burn victims over the next few weeks.

We’re also looking at the possibility of sending personnel from the National Gendarmerie’s Institute of Criminal Research so that their victim identification expertise can be made available to the Honduran authorities.

France shares the grief of the victims’ families and expresses its solidarity with the Honduran people in these tragic circumstances.



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