Tikkun Magazine

Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy

Nicaragua book coverNicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy
Photography by Paul Dix, Edited by Pamela Fitzpatrick

Just Sharing Press, 2011

Working with the Institute of the History of Nicaragua and Central America, Paul Dix and Pamela Fitzpatrick have put together a beautiful assemblage of photographs, drawings, autobiographical stories, and interviews with the survivors of one of the many, many U.S. imperial interventions in Central and South America—interventions that have caused huge suffering to the people of that region. The stories in this collection bring us face-to-face with both the cruelty of the contra war in Nicaragua and the tremendous capacity of human beings to transcend the hatred that America’s contras manifested as they decimated important parts of the Nicaraguan population. For those who do not attend the yearly demonstrations held by the School of Americas Watch (SOAW) in Fort Benning, Georgia, where the United States continues to train South and Central American police and military to engage in torture as part of their “counterinsurgency” lessons, this book is an amazing wake-up call that shatters the myth of American innocence.