The Underground in Nicaragua in the time of Daniel Ortega

As if it were a déjà vu, many of those who suffered exile and the underground (‘clandestinaje’) during Somocismo (the state of Nicaragua under the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza García), reedit their situation at the moment with the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega.
Mothers ask for their children captured by the National Guard of Anastasio Somoza in 1978. An image that has been repeated forty years later. PHOTO: La Prensa / Archive / Courtesy Instituto de Historia Militar
Oscar René Vargas is one of them. He saved Daniel Ortega’s life once. It was in November of 1967.
In that November, the “guardia somocista” (Somoza national guard) unleashed a fierce hunt in response to the murder of Sergeant Gonzalo Lacayo carried out by a Sandinista command, among which was Daniel

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