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Farmers seize land from one of the wealthiest men in Honduras

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Accompanied by son Juan Carlos, 13, Jose Maria, 60, strips the bark from a tree trunk that will be used in the construction of a home in La Confianza, Honduras.

AP photographer Rodrigo Abd writes:

La Confianza, Honduras, is a city developed from land seized by small-scale farmers from one of Honduras' richest men. The collection of tin-and-wood shacks boasts a health center, a school, a meeting hall, and a store. The land seizure has spawned a violent land conflict between the farmers and owner, billionaire Miguel Facusse, that has killed at least 63 people, mostly peasants, in the last three years in the Bajo Aguan Valley. 

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Men drive horse-drawn carts to collect the harvested fruits of the African palm tree on the plantation in La Confianza.

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Axel collects the harvested fruits of the African palm tree onto his horse-drawn cart on the plantation in La Confianza.

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Women wash clothes on the river banks near La Confianza, Honduras.

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Men work together to construct a home from the ground up in La Confianza.

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A boy draws on a dry erase board during a civics class for adults in La Confianza.

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Enrique Martinez, 17, with a rifle slung over his back, patrols an area of La Confianza.

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