Nicaragua is a tropical country with sandy beaches filled with stars, amazing warm weather and roaring volcanoes that light up the sky at night with fire. It’s right in the belly of Central America, between Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador. Home of some of the best coffee and cacao in the world, hosts all kinds of rich ecosystems, from thick jungles and fertile lands, to constellation of islands spread in a lake. The vastness of its natural resources including gold and precious wood, has attracted dictators and dirty corporations by the dozen, making it one of the most impoverished countries in Latin America.
Despite the great revolution of ´79 and numerous other previous civil wars and invasions, Nicaraguans have remained a peaceful and friendly population, ready to open their doors and share their food with anyone that visits their homes. Descendants of indigenes, their love for nature, honor and unconquerable free spirit has been kept alive generation after generation, continuously breaking the chains of greed and oppression. Their strong sense of community has made them endure through terrible times in many occasions.
On April 18 of 2018, after decades of blatant corruption and the use of repression and fear to control the population, the National Police started openly shooting young unarmed university students with snipers and AK-47s. They were peacefully protesting for a reform bill on the Social Security System that would reduce benefits to the elderly and extend working periods for the rest of the population; all in order to keep sucking money out the Social Security System. People have had enough and were not going stand down against any amount of bullets or violence. After the first 30 students were shot in the streets; it was not about the Social Security reform anymore, it was about democracy, justice, peace and freedom.
Over a year has passed and the Nicaraguan community all over the world, along with over 60.000 people that had to go in exile, have created an articulated support network of self-directed organizations with the mission of bringing back democracy and peace to Nicaragua. This includes making the dictator Daniel Ortega step down from power and take him, along with the rest of the people accused of crimes against humanity, to justice. This is a worldwide non-violent effort under the name of #SOSNICARAGUA that is being led by hundreds of people that voluntarily have taken the challenge regardless of the consequences for them.