In response to ongoing protests in Nicaragua and the senseless killing of a Jesuit high school student there, the Jesuits of Central America, the Conference of Provincials of Latin America and the Jesuits of Canada and the U.S. released statements calling for an end to violence in the country after several days of protests to proposed social security legislation.
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When I visited Nicaragua in February with our partner John XXIII Institute, I met José and his sister, Marcelina. They showed me the family field where in the 1980s they had worked as children from 6am until 5pm, walking 4 kilometres there and back each time. José and Marcelina described how they worked the land without a plough and what they grew. I saw the tree they used to sit under to rest and to make a cup of coffee, and the stump of the tree José had felled to build his house. Their whole lives were defined by the land.