Life Behind the Barricades

25 JUNE 1979 — Sandinista fighters occupying Managua during the “Ofensiva Final” against the U.S.-backed Somoza dictatorship defend positions built with paving stones ripped out of the northern highway leading to the Nicaraguan International Airport.

The image making and storytelling skills I acquired during this conflict are the foundation of my role today as backpack journalist. As we mark the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution, I’m posting scans of some of the original images I made for UPI during that war, and explaining their significance. I do this in recognition and gratitude to the country and people who have given me so much. Thank you.