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Nicaragua:where are the voices of the impoverished?

News from Nicaragua | Monday, 24 September 2018 |

Street sellers are among those who have suffered most as a result of the economic downturn

Street sellers are among those who have suffered most as a result of the economic downturn

Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Briefing on Nicaragua

As the pressure on the Nicaraguan government intensifies internationally, where - in all the rhetoric of the Trump administration, the UK government, the international media, and human rights organisations - are the views of the most impoverished?

Four months of violence and an attempted coup have left Nicaragua a profoundly polarised country. The economic, social and psychological toll has been enormous; the loss of life a tragedy.

However, since the 6,000 opposition road blocks were dismantled in mid-July, there have been very few further deaths, the general level of violence has diminished, schools have reopened, people are able to go about their daily lives, and tourists are very slowly returning. But, underlying, unresolved polarisation remains, greatly exacerbated by outside interests.

As always in such circumstances, it is those who are most impoverished who are suffering the most serious consequences. The largest group of people who have lost their lives are young, poor, unemployed men; among the 120,000 people who have lost their only means of livelihood, the majority are unemployed or manual labourers with little formal education and those making a precarious living by selling goods in the streets.

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