AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Denunciation of the Bishop: Teachers threatened, more than two thousand children without lessons

Friday, 18 March 2016 politics   bishops   violence   armed groups  

Jinotega (Agenzia Fides) - About 2,100 school-age children cannot attend classes, in particular in the area of the river Bocay in Ayapal, due to the abandonment of teachers in more than sixty schools. Teachers have been threatened by armed groups who want to have total control of the area (see Fides 16/03/2016).
During a recent visit to this area, the Bishop of Estelí, His Exc. Mgr. Abelardo Mata, saw for himself that the instability and security crisis in this area of San José de Bocay, Jinotega, are due to several factors. In addition to the presence of armed groups in fact, people live in a climate of continuous revenge, because there are groups that before the lack of justice act on their own account, with violence, while abuses by local authorities also occur.
Teachers "are accused of being political activists of the Frente Sandinista, they have been threatened and do not go to school because they fear for their lives", confirms Mgr. Mata in the note sent to Fides. According to the local press, this situation is known to all in Ayapal, however, education and security authorities refuse to release an official version of the facts. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 18/03/2016)