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“I Can Smell Their Bodies”

WASHINGTON, 7 September 2010 – This is an exciting time to be a journalist, especially a backpack journalist. For the first time in the history of mankind, we have the power to “talk” with people everywhere, at any time, in a language that is universal. The visual language. We can share our own experience and […]

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“Nicaragua: An Unfinished Revolution”

WASHINGTON, 29 August 2009 — The documentary, “Nicaragua: An Unfinished Revolution,” recently was broadcast by Al Jazeera English. It was reported by Lucia Newman, a colleague from my Central America days who now works for that broadcast outlet. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URdzoDrp-Ss.html I was interviewed for the piece because I had covered the 1979 Sandinista Revolution, and […]

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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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National Guard Moves to Re-Take Masaya

7 JULY 1979 — National Guardsmen sweep the village of Nindiri as part of their push to re-take the nearby city of Masaya. The look of exhaustion and apprehension on the young guardsman pictured above reflects the cumulative toll that weeks of fighting are exacting from us all. The image making and storytelling skills I […]

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Somoza: “… If They Don’t Bother Us.”

6 JULY 1979 — Nicaragua by this time had become a land disrupted. Normal life no longer existed. Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans had either fled the country or taken refuge away from their homes to stay clear of the violence. The poor, of course, are always the most victimized in these conflicts, because their […]

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Somoza: “We Won’t Bother Them…”

6 JULY 1979 — The civilian population in any conflict suffers the most, and the conflict in Nicaragua was no exception. Caught in the middle of two armed forces, civilians struggle for the basics to survive. Food. Water. Shelter. And they struggle not to incur the suspicion or the wrath of the contending forces. Human […]

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