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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Fighting Continues …

9 JULY 1979 — Fighting between the Sandinista National Liberation Front and members of the Nicaraguan National Guard by this time has touched virtually every corner of the Central American nation, with the exception of the Atlantic Coast.

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The Final Days

8 JULY 1979 — A Sandinista fighter exudes confidence as he rides in the back of a pickup truck through the streets of the city of Esteli. The scene of ferocious fighting, the city at this point is largely controlled by the rebels. Much of the northern sector of Nicaragua also is under Sandinista control […]

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“… a Wounded Whale”

8 JULY 1979 — Unlike the September 1978 insurrection that briefly rocked the country, the 1979 Final Offensive was an all-or-nothing slugfest, and most Nicaraguans seemed to understand this. The Sandinistas poured everything they had into steering, and staying ahead of, the popular insurrection to topple the Somoza regime. And the regime fought back with […]

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