Nicaragua: Nicas en Exilio

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Nicaragua updates on #COVID19

For the past week Nicaragua has been experimenting a significant growth in COVID-19 cases and deaths that the government has publicly denied.

Let's talk about COVID-19

In collaboration with different communication agencies and affiliated organizations of the Nicaraguan diaspora we will be developing and distributing precautionary measures based on the specific situation that the Nicaraguan population is going through, through different media and activities.

Due to the silence of the state and the lack of information, thousands of Nicaraguans were and are exposed to the covid-19. The dispersion and appearance of hundreds of possible cases alarms the population and triggers anguish in the situation that could be developed in the following weeks.

In this current period of a global pandemic, the challenges faced by the Nicaraguan asylum seekers around the world are not any less hard when it is taken into consideration, the very limited resources they have at their disposal. We want to provide material assistance in the form of disinfectant, thermometers, vitamin packs, gloves, and other supplementary and medical equipment for them, to be prepared.

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About us:

Our Mission

Create a union of international Nicaraguan exiles and migrants to develop communication strategies that would resonate with an international and direct impact on the political and social context of Nicaragua. At the same time, create opportunities for those Nicaraguans and exiles whose human rights have not been heard and are going through dangerous environments.

Our Vision

It is to create a group that can be used as an ally for all Nicaraguan exiles and migrants starting in the Netherlands, as a representative of Europe while developing a relationship with other organizations in and out of Nicaragua that can help determine ideas to promote inclusivity and develop a sense of individual responsibility in political matters within the Nicaraguan population and be used as an example to many activists. At the same time, we want to develop an active relationship with the Nicaraguan and Dutch communities.

Our Goals

1.Unite international Nicaraguan exiles and migrants to advocate
and create a positive impact on the political and social contexts
of Nicaragua.
2.Gather information about the different asylum procedures
present in the countries where Nicaraguans are and identify
the most vulnerable according to the percentage of people
at risk.
3.Identify problems and execute an action plan that can
help the most vulnerable sectors in Nicaragua.

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In order to keep our activities going, please donate and help us create funds to develop opportunities and help hundreds of people in and out of Nicaragua.

Our people want to be free, enjoy life and have opportunities to give a better future to their families. Together we are unstoppable, together we can make a change.

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Team members

Nathalia Martinez

Nathalia Martinez

Project coordinator Mission Nicaragua

Her role is to collaborate with organizations to bring education, communication tools, and opportunities to fight poverty in Nicaragua.

Danny Osorio

Danny Osorio

Web developer

She is responsible for the development and maintenance of the websites and the online donation tools across the HPP organization.

Alberto Fernandez

Alberto Fernandez

Relations and Events Coordinator

In charge of conceptualization, design and production of small or big events for the Nicaraguan group.

Medica Vandálica

Medica Vandálica

Mental Health Coordinator

She is a medical graduate that supports Nicaraguan refugees by leading mental health and self-care workshops.

David Estrada

David Estrada

volunteer coordinator

He promotes and supports all the volunteering activities in the Nica group. If you want to join us, please feel free to contact him.

Yoselyn Callejas

Yoselyn Callejas

Designer and media management

She develops and implements all targeted content for various of our media platforms.

We gratefully acknowledge the talented Nicaraguan photographer Jorge Mejía Peralta, who generously donated some of his photographs for us to use throughout our website.

To see more pictures about the Nicaraguan peaceful protests against their government, please visit his Flickr Gallery

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Nicaragua is a tropical country with sandy beaches filled with stars, amazingly warm weather and roaring volcanoes that light up the sky at night with fire. It is 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, it hosts all kinds of rich ecosystems, from thick jungles and fertile lands, to constellations of islands populating the lakes. The vastness of its natural resources, including gold and precious wood, has attracted its fair share of dictators and corporations, turning it into one of the most impoverished countries in Latin America.

Despite the great revolution of 1979 and numerous other civil wars and invasions, Nicaraguans remain a peaceful and friendly population, ready to open their doors and share their food with anyone that visits. A strong love of nature, honor, and an unconquerable free spirit among the indigenous descendants has survived the generations, and continuously challenges the ever encroaching greed and oppression. Their strong sense of community has enabled them to endure terrible times on many occasions.

On April 18 of 2018, after decades of 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. The students were protesting peacefully against a Social Security reform bill that would reduce benefits to the elderly, and extend working periods for the rest of the population. After the first 30 students were shot in the streets, it was not about Social Security reform anymore, it was about democracy, justice, peace, and freedom.

A few years on and the Nicaraguan community across the world, including over 60.000 people that were forced into exile, have created an articulated support network of self-directed organizations with the mission to bring back democracy and peace to Nicaragua. This requires that the dictator Daniel Ortega steps down from power, and along with the rest of the regime accused of crimes against humanity, to be brought to justice. This non-violent global effort, called #SOSNICARAGUA, is now led by hundreds of people that have voluntarily taken up the challenge, regardless of the personal consequences.