San Rafael del Norte and Sandino

Jorge Mejía blogs [es] on Mejíaperalta about how Nicarguan government shows no interest for revolutionary leader Augusto César Sandino's historic assets in the town of San Rafael del Norte:

Pero mientras las usurpadores de los bienes históricos de los distintos museos de Sandino y del FSLN en general conmemoraban otro año más en el vacío museo de Sandino en Niquinohomo, uno siente una tristeza increíble al ver el museo Blanca Aráuz tapiado con láminas de zinc, con el techo desplomado hace más de un año, y con los objetos que ahí se exhibían en poder, claro está, de Rosario Murillo, que desde principios de los 90 ha venido saqueando todos los objetos y documentos relativos al Gral. Sandino.

But as usurpers of historical assets in different museums of Sandino and FSLN (acronym for Sandinista National Liberation Front) in general were marking another year in the empty Sandino Museum in Niquinohomo, it's incredibly sad to see Blanca Aráuz Museum boarded up with zinc sheets, with the collapsed roof for mre than a year, and with the pieces that were exhibited there in hands of Rosario Murillo, of course, who since the early 90s has been looting all the objects and documents related to General Sandino.


Ruinous condition of Blanca Aráuz Museum. May 2014. San Rafael del Norte. Photo by Jorge Mejía used with permission.

He notes that as of lately, Sandino is no more the biggest attraction in San Rafael del Norte:

Pero San Rafael del Norte no solo es Sandino. Más bien, ya casi no es Sandino. Si no hay museo, entonces ¿Cómo puede ser el punto de partida de la Ruta Sandino? Sandino ha sido desbancado por el padre Odorico D’Andrea, y está convirtiendo al poblado jinotegano en objetivo de peregrinación para los católicos, más desde que inició el proceso de beatificación del histórico párroco de San Rafael.

But San Rafael del Norte is not just Sandino. Or rather, it's almost not Sandino anymore. If there is no museum, how can it be the starting point of the Sandino Route? Sandino has been ousted by father Odorico D’Andrea, and he is making the town a pilgrimage goal for Roman Catholics, even more since the process for beatify the historic parish priest of San Rafael started.

This post was part of the fourth #LunesDeBlogsGV [Monday of blogs on GV] on May 26, 2014.

Start the conversation

Authors, please log in »


  • All comments are reviewed by a moderator. Do not submit your comment more than once or it may be identified as spam.
  • Please treat others with respect. Comments containing hate speech, obscenity, and personal attacks will not be approved.

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices!

Submitted addresses will be confirmed by email, and used only to keep you up to date about Global Voices and our mission. See our Privacy Policy for details.

Newsletter powered by Mailchimp (Privacy Policy and Terms).

* = required field
Email Frequency

No thanks, show me the site