The Nicaragua Photo/Testimony Project
Paul Dix and Pam Fitzpatrick
War is Horrific. Let's Make Sure the World Remembers.

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Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy

"What an impressive book! I was deeply touched to read it and to be carried back to that time and those cruel events of the war in Nicaragua.  They would have disappeared into the amnesia hole of history except for efforts like yours. You have done the people who suffered and died a profound service."

Bill Moyers, journalist and commentator

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"This is a deeply moving book. 
[...] in it we see the human spirit surmount obstacles and pain, observe how these protagonists of the horror of the war get on with their lives, fall in love, bear children, work.

[...] The photographs contained in this book are more eloquent than any word one might venture to pronounce. The testimony rendered, the simple words with which the people portrayed herein make reference to their lives, constitute a harsh, even fierce indictment of decisions taken by the politicians and the military with no consideration for the human cost involved, the 'collateral damage' the subsequent actions would entail.    [More...]

Gioconda Belli, Nicaraguan author and poet (from the prologue of the book)

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Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy
Photography by Paul Dix, edited by Pamela Fitzpatrick
220 pages, 90 photographs, bilingual English/Spanish
Prologue by Gioconda Belli
May 2011

Through beautiful black and white photographs and moving personal testimonies, this book documents the horrific effects of U.S. international policy (especially the Contra War of the 1980s) on the people of Nicaragua.  It also captures inspiring stories of amazing people who are struggling with strength and determination for a better life for themselves, their children and their communities.

A powerful testament of the suffering of the Nicaraguan people, but also a tribute to their resilience, beauty, humor, and amazing ability to forgive. A 'must-have' for all who care about human rights and people's history, and finding more ethical ways for countries to co-exist, share resources, and resolve conflicts.

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"...These remarkable photos and the stories that accompany them should be on billboards from sea to shining sea, so the pain and suffering they represent might fall drop by drop upon the American psyche and [...] wisdom might come to these United States and her foreign policy."  [More...]

Charlie Clements, Executive Director,
Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University

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"To see the true price of war, you must look in the face of the innocents who endure it and hear their voices. That is the gift that Dix and Fitzpatrick present in this stirring bookthe sobering gift of letting us see and hear what our 'leaders' so routinely do in our names."

Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and author

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