Unit 5 Destination Reflection - Nicaragua

Please read the second part of Chapter Three of Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle, pp. 43-58 (starting with the section “The Sandinistas in Power”).

Please also read this brief article from Indian Country Today, which features an interview with a Miskito Indian activist in Nicaragua:

Questions connected to these readings can be found in the Learning Circle section of this unit; if you do not have a learning circle, you may wish to engage these questions in your journal.

Many US citizens who became active in the 1970s and 1980s in the struggle for human rights in Central America did so because of their faith. Catholic priests and nuns were often in the front lines, and many of them lost their lives (including some US citizens).

This brief article from former UUSC president Richard Scobie describes some of what the Service Committee did in the 1980s to support the struggle for human rights in Central America, in collaboration with Catholics and others.

  • What feelings come up for you in thinking about this history?
  • What was new to you?
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