The United States is still the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet. Just ask John Bolton.
Between October 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022, the US Border Patrol encountered a number equivalent to 1 out of every 69 Nicaraguans trying to get into the United States - a higher portion relative to population than any other country in Central America this year. “Encounter” refers to someone apprehended for attempting to enter the United States in an unauthorized manner, or deemed inadmissible at a port of entry, or anyone expelled under Title 42 authority.
The following is press release from the Jesuit's Central American Province and was shared to us by our partners at the Asociación Roncalli. We have translated it into English, you may find the original version HERE.
THE SOCIETY OF JESUS' CENTRAL AMERICAN PROVINCE PRESS RELEASE
In honor of Women's History Month ending last week, we are honoring indigenous rights activist and surgeon Dr. Myrna Cunningham, the first Miskitu doctor in Nicaragua.
Dr. Myrna Cunningham has lived a life of firsts. She was born in a Waspam community located along the Río Coco in northeastern Nicaragua. She became the first Miskutu woman to attend university, where she studied pedagogy. After teaching for several years in her community, she left again to study medicine and surgery, becoming the first Miskitu doctor in Nicaragua.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Quixote Center is launching a weekly series to highlight the history, leaders, and cultures of Afro-descendant communities in Central America, Mexico, and Haiti.
This week, Nicaraguans celebrate La Purísima, a novena—or nine-day prayer—in honor of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, the country’s patron saint. The actual celebrations resemble a cross between Christmas, Halloween, and Carnival.
Two weeks ago, the US House of Representatives passed the RENACER Act by a large margin with the hope, one assumes, of putting pressure on the people of Nicaragua to rethink voting for Daniel Ortega. That election took place on November 15, and Ortega won anyway - though, predictably, with opposition figures decrying the numbers.
15 years ago, we launched “Homes of Home,” our campaign to provide affordable housing to impoverished Nicaraguans since reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Mitch. In 2015, we partnered with the Roncalli Association to make housing more accessible for middle to low-income families.
On Sunday, November 7, Nicaraguans will vote for the president and vice-president of the country, as well as for the National Assembly and for Nicaragua’s representatives to the Central American Parliament. There has been a great deal of controversy about these elections circulating in the US and European media. One result is that the United States Congress just passed a new sanctions bill against Nicaragua (the RENACER Act) on Wednesday, November 3 in response to some of this controversy.
There has been a notable increase in migration from Nicaragua toward the United States in recent months.