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Dirigentes campesinos

Yesterday he was arrested and jailed. They were clearing vines and shrubs from the coffee bushes when the former owner showed up with a policeman. They had an impressive looking document, a “letter of assignation” without much legal validity, but in the pastel colors of the government and signed by a commandant. The owner had a court order ruling that the estate not be touched before ownership was established. He was in jail four hours, then another judge was found who could be persuaded to release him.

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Talking about abortion

Bondehus i Amparo

Next week the Nicaragua women´s movement starts a campaign for women´s right to life during pregnancy. It reminds me of a conversation I had in October 2006 with three Nicaraguan farmers about the then pending ban on so called therapeutic abortion, or abortion when necessary to safe the life of the mother.

(NB: The picture is a stock photo).

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Getting pregnant and stealing brides in Terrabona

Angel og Veronica

Over just a few months, a lot has happened with our friends in Terrabona. Mercedes and Reynaldo will soon become grandparents, twice even.

In December we attended the high school graduation party for the oldest son, Angel. A few later after he moved in together with his girlfriend and schoolmate, Veronica. They couldn´t hide it any more, she was pregnant. Obviously, she had to leave school. Now they live together in a room in the house of Angel’s parents, Mercedes and Reynaldo.

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Settlers in a beanly paradise

La Pintada, Matagalpa

Yesterday we visited the Danish Nicaragua solidarity brigade 2007, who this year are living and working in La Pintada in Matagalpa. This village is one of the winners in the Las Tunas struggle, where a group of plantation workers, against all odds, turned the big coffee crisis of 2001 into a victory and won 5 coffee plantations from the bankrupt-stricken coffee planters of Matagalpa.

The Danish Solidarity Committee recomended this village to the brigade so we can learn more about this fight, and the new organisation, the Las Tunas Cooperative, that the 600 winners in this, Nicaragua’s latest “mini land-reform”, are creating.

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