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Somoza Stones

Our scout team in Central America is currently in Guatemala. A few days ago Michael wrote this piece on some of the legacy left in Nicaragua from the Somoza dynasty who ruled Nicaragua from 1936 – 1979.

Anastasio Somoza Debayle

What a story a stone can tell.

Driving  through beautiful Nicaragua I was struck by the  fact that many of the paved roads were not asphalt but concrete blocks. What was the story?

It was no surprise to hear that the terrible trio of Somoza dictators that ruled this country as their private playpen for over 43 years also owned, as part of their obscene and ill-gotten wealth, a concrete company and…well you can see where this is going.

The Sandinista guerillas soon discovered, to their delight, that these ‘Somoza Stones’ were easy to rip up and use to build barricades during the revolution. I think the irony was probably lost on the Somoza family.


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