Violent reprisals are still being carried out by the Nicaraguan regime even though the people's rebels lion has been suppressed according to two lay mis' sionaries who have been working in the country with Maryknoll, the Catholic Foreign Mission • Society of America. They have left because of the bloodshed.
"President Somoza's National guard is jailing young men indiscriminately, and others are fleeing ; into the mountains" they said "The young men say they prefer dying with the guerrillas to being shot by the Guard. Other people have lost their jobs for not being pro-government." Christine and Thomas Amato had been working with young women teaching them handicrafts so they could make products for export and improve their earnings and with a credit and savings cooperative for about 700 workers.
"We decided to leave when we saw President Somoza's planes strafing homes and other neutral buildings" they said. But they believe that the violence is not yet over despite the fact the National Guard had quelled violent outbreaks by the students and the guerrillas of the Sandinista Liberation Front.
"Rather than defeat civilians show anger and determination after seeing their friends and leaders being executed and tortured. Armed violence came when other means of resistance seem to have failed" they said.