A New Nation Celebrates

19 JULY 1979 — Nicaraguans tore down remnants of the Somoza regime as they celebrated the birth of a new nation. It was an extraordinary scene. Relatively few journalists have the opportunity to witness and to report on watershed events such as this. I feel privileged for having been able to do so. The image […]

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A New Nicaragua

18 JULY 1979 — With President Anastasio Somoza Debayle having fled Nicaragua just ahead of a tidal wave of violent opposition, his supporters still in the country jockeyed for power. The Sandinistas called any alternative to their rule “Somocismo without Somoza,” and rejected it as “unacceptable.” Above, Sandinistas and their supporters marched victoriously and defiantly […]

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Rumors of No More War

17 JULY 1979 — The national convulsion had nearly ended. As the caption of the above picture states, it was rumored that Somoza had fled the country. American and Nicaraguan politicians maneuvered to fill the vacuum. Maneuvered for power. But the opportunity for negotiation had long evaporated. Having exhausted all the peaceful means for change, […]

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Almost Gone

16 JULY 1979 — By this time just about everybody knew it was almost over. Such an extraordinary experience. To witness and document a corrupt, brutal government being overthrown by the collective will of its people. The only question at this point was how many more Nicaraguans would have to suffer or die before Somoza […]

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And Now: Hunger

13 JULY 1979 — As the Somoza regime clung to power during its final days, hunger spread across Nicaragua. Above, the Red Cross delivered emergency food supplies to a country disrupted by war and whose population no longer was able to feed itself. The image making and storytelling skills I acquired during this conflict are […]

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… But the Sands Shift

12 JULY 1979 — By now most observers believed the end of the struggle was in sight. We believed it was only a matter of time until the regime would collapse. The image making and storytelling skills I acquired during this conflict are the foundation of my role today as backpack journalist. As we mark […]

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