Over the last decade in Nicaragua, 16,400 girls under fourteen have given birth. It’s a statistic that becomes even more alarming, when you consider that these births are all the product of rape. The drama becomes even more complex in the face of a State that takes no action other than imposing obligatory maternity on these minors to the detriment of their health and welfare.
Jeysell Madrigal Arellano forms part of that new generation. At 32, she’s already been painting for 14 years. She works from her home, a few meters distant from the house of artists Rodolfo and Elba, and is able to support her children through her painting.
Some five thousand women marched in Managua on March 8, coming together from several parts of the country in commemoration of International Women’s Day. Most of the participants wore purple shirts.
The inauguration of a new facility in San Juan del Sur, donated by an international NGO to a free adult education program, brought together three people who apparently were never supposed to coincide in the same place: writer Sergio Ramirez; Jose Maria Guadamuz, secretary of the municipal council of the Sandinista mayor’s office; and the municipal delegate for the Ministry of Education Dorquis Muniz.
Vilma Trujillo, a young woman from a remote rural community of the North Atlantic Region of Nicaragua, was burned in a bonfire last February 21 for being possessed by the devil, all with the approval of a Protestant pastor – or lay leader, which makes no difference– and with the knowledge of the whole congregation – or of some, which makes no difference.
In Nicaragua, the 2017 International Women’s Strike will become a reality because “they continue killing us, they continue forcing girls who have been raped to give birth, they persist in enacting policies that don’t recognize us as subjects with rights, and we don’t earn the same as men who do the same work…
When President Ortega speaks, the independent media must keep quiet. That seems to be the premise for spreading government speeches and news announcements. This strategy forms part of a media policy which has been imposed ever since Ortega returned to power in 2007.
The real estate business maintains stable growth in Nicaragua. At the moment, office buildings and commercial centers seem assured of finding tenants, housing developments for the middle and working class families sell at a reasonable rate, but luxury condos fill more slowly.
A Nicaraguan woman died Tuesday after having been thrown into a fire in the mining town of Rosita in the Autonomous North Atlantic region of the country, just days before International Women’s Day (March 8th).
Roberto Orozco, specialist in security and drug trafficking, assured that cases like that of former police officer Diogenes Medina Martínez – known as “El Yogi” – who became a lawbreaker in full view of the police chiefs. Such cases reveal the existence of a “chain of corruption” in the heart of the institution, damaging the professional image of the Nicaraguan Police.