Eighty Years Later: Lingering Pain in Nicaragua


“Almost 80 years since the imprisonment, torture, persecution and exile of my father, now thousands live the same painful ordeal”


By Isolda Hurtado

HAVANA TIMES – It was the end of the 1940’s when my father, Pedro Hurtado Cardenas, had to flee into exile after a long persecution by Anastasio Somoza Garcia. A member of the Conservative Party opposed to Somoza, he had been cruelly tortured in prison in November of 1940, a painful experience narrated by him in “Blue Booklet—torture as a system” (Managua: Editorial Asel, 1946). Thus, since then the cycle of cruelty and humiliation of dictatorships became entrenched in our country.

In exile, he married my mother. My two older sisters were born in New Orleans. Six years later, the family of four returned to Nicaragua in the early fifties, when my third sister was born, and at the end of the same decade, my only brother and I were born. In 1960, my father was murdered. His assassin would become a security guard at the residence of a minister of the dictator in turn, Somoza.

In March of 2019, at almost 80 years since the prison, torture, persecution and exile, and 59 years since the death of my father, now, under the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega, the same painful ordeal have been experienced by thousands of victims of the injustices of power.

Sometimes time goes by slowly, but peace and justice are already announced.

Some saw the beasts flee and the saints levitate.

4 thoughts on “Eighty Years Later: Lingering Pain in Nicaragua

  • April 2, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    true.. but socialist tend to brutally slaughter everyone everywhere equality…

  • March 27, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    A dead body knows not whether the assassin was sent by a right-wing or left-wing dictator.

  • March 27, 2019 at 8:23 am

    What? Did you even read what you just wrote yourself? SMH
    Dismissing someone’s death over somebody’s else or try to downplay It It’s really insensitive from your behalf, Shame on you!

  • March 26, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    It is sad to hear these stories about my country Nicaragua. I feel sorry for this lady loss of her father, but being objective to the news is very important. Somoza was an autocratic leader during the time of his government because of the threat of Communism had in the region through Sandino influence at the time. Trying to compare the Somoza dictatorship to Ortega dictatorship is like comparing oranges with apples. During the Somozas Nicaragua lived its Golden Age being the most prosperous country in Central America at least. Today Nicaragua is one of the poorest country in Latin America. I feel for the lady loss but one life lossed fighting the Ortega dictatorship has more merit than someone losing their life fighting a government that made Nicaragua very prosperous. God Bless.

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