Welcome back to another week of Central American news.
A year after Nicaragua’s paramilitary attacked the UNAN Nicaraguan university for 19 hours, Nicaragua has left media’s headlines, but Nicaraguans are still facing repression
according to the United Nations.
People cannot organize peaceful protests, more than 80 people are still in jail and may be tortured. And while 442 political prisoners have been released, 336 of them are under “alternative measures to detention,“ which is mainly house arrest.
So one of our favorite stories from this week is a photo essay of Nicaraguan exiles in Costa Rica
, produced by The Guardian. The profiles include former prisoners, retired policemen, journalists, and the stepdaughter of Daniel Ortega.
“San José is infested with Nicaraguan intelligence. I don’t want to live in fear, but I can’t sleep at night,” said a former Nicaraguan police officer who did not want to follow Nicaragua’s Vice-President Murillo’s orders to “kill during the protests.”
They are part of the 30,000 how have formally filed for asylum in Costa Rica. There may be 26,000 more waiting in line.
Another favorite this week is this essay from Caratula
’s archives on the Náwat language in El Salvador and Nicaragua, making a case that it is a language on its own and showing that there might be deeper cultural connections between these countries.
The Central American News Team