Regime finally allows them in aftt 18 hours in the open and the rain

The group arrived at the border at 8 pm Friday and were denied entry, without explaining the reasons. They had to spend the night in the open, enduring cold and rain, until this Saturday afternoon, the regime finally allowed them to enter.

The group arrived at the border at 8 pm Friday and were denied entry, without explaining the reasons. They had to spend the night in the open, enduring cold and rain, until this Saturday afternoon, the regime finally allowed them to enter.

(TODAY NICARAGUA) The group of 96 Nicaraguans from Panama stranded on the border at Peñas Blancas, were finally able to enter the country, after the regime authorities blocked their passage since Friday night, forcing them to spend the entire night out in the open, in the cold and rain.

Stranded on the right side of the border because their country would not let them in.

The regime has not officially reported why it finally allowed the group of Nicaraguans to enter, but the blockade caused rejection reactions at national and international levels.

- payin the bills -

The neighboring countries, southern countries (Panama and Costa Rica), let them transit in order to return to their country. However, upon reaching the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the Ortega dictatorship had denied them entry into national territory.

According to a report from La Cruz TV on Facebook, the group arrived at the border at 8 pm Friday and when trying to enter Nicaragua, they were denied entry without explaining the reasons. In the rain, the Nicaraguans demanded that immigration authorities allow them to enter since due to the pandemic, they have been forced to return to their country.

“We returned because due the pandemic we cannot work and we no longer have money to eat, all we ask is that they let us enter our country,” says a Nicaraguan stranded on the southern border of the country.

After being stranded for some 18 hours, without any explanation, Nicaraguan authorities allowed the entry of its citizens

- paying the bills -

“There is a coordination between Panama and Costa Rica for Nicaraguans whose final destination is Nicaragua. They pay for the bus service and move in an orderly process to Nicaragua,” explained Costa Rica’s Director of Immigration, Raquel Vargas, this Friday, explaining the coordination between the two countries for the return of Nicaraguans to the country.

Nicaragua had not officially closed the borders due to the pandemic, but the government has made the decision not to allow the entry of the stranded Nicaraguans in other countries and at the different borders of the country.

“It is a decision that is basically violating human rights and violating the constitution and that by having control, the executive is implementing it in this way,” says José Adán Aguerri, president of the Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada (Cosep), because throughout the region citizens are being allowed to return to their country, it’s their constitutional right.


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(TODAY NICARAGUA) Reaching the United States from Managua took her six hours in an airplane. One year later, when a strange new virus put the world in check, she decided to return to Nicaragua to be with her family.  That trip took her 32 days, travelling over 3,290 miles of highway plus eleven days stranded at the border.

This was the journey undertaken by Nicaraguan athlete Sayra Laguna. The story of her return to Nicaragua isn’t unique. Since COVID-19 began spreading, nearly all of the countries of the world opted to keep their residents at home, and to close their borders. At the same time, hundreds of citizens caught outside their own country weighed the prospect of returning to their families. Some because they lost their jobs, and others for fear of being far from those they love in this time of calamity.

In July alone, some 1,300 Nicaraguans arrived back in the country from Panama, Guatemala, Spain and Barbados. Some returned in caravans and others on humanitarian flights, according to the reports from the Interior Ministry and the media.

In order to return, the migrants had to overcome fears of being infected with the virus during the trip, or of being assaulted by gangs, especially in the Northern Triangle of Central America. In addition, they had to put up with great adversity – suffering sun, rain and rejection – for a number of days on the border, in the face of the Nicaraguan authorities’ refusal to let them enter the country unless they could show a negative test for COVID-19.  This measure was decreed when many had already begun the journey back home.

The latest migrants to arrive, a group of 148 Nicaraguans, finally entered on August 3rd. They had resisted infrahuman conditions for nearly two weeks at the Penas Blancas post, on the border with Costa Rica.  The group were eventually able to demonstrate their disease-free status and finally return home, thanks to COVID-19 tests donated and carried out by an NGO.  Daniel Ortega’s government never indicated how they could get tested, since the Nicaraguan government has all the tests centralized in Managua, and don’t ever disclose the number realized nor the results.

“It was torture being there”

At approximately four pm on Friday, July 24, Lucia [not her real name] arrived at the Penas Blancas border post, together with her husband and son. They were carrying only a few suitcases, since they had sent all their belongings on to Nicaragua weeks before.  They had initially planned to leave once they received the results of the COVID-19 tests they had taken in San Jose, Costa Rica, but everything changed when they were evicted from the place they were living.  On that Friday, they grabbed their bags and left, thinking that the digital results would be enough to be allowed in. However, when they reached the border, the immigration authorities told them they couldn’t continue, because they needed to show a hard copy of their results. That’s when their torturous ordeal began.

“At that moment, my world crumbled around me. I didn’t want to stay at the border, because I’m a diabetic and I was fearful of getting infected with the virus. I was worried about my fourteen-year-old son; I didn’t know if he would to be able to stand it,” Lucia told us. Now in Nicaragua, she asked to use an assumed name to avoid reprisals.

Despite their fears, the family decided to wait at the border, together with some 500 other migrants. The group was confined to the sides of the highway, and there they awaited some indication of a humane impulse on the part of the Nicaraguan authorities. That never occurred. Instead, for the next eleven days, “Lucia” and her family were the recipients of insults, rejection and threats.

“We were even afraid to speak to the media. We were threatened by those in the riot squad. I cried every night. A lot of people would flee after midnight, and we’d hear shots, we’d hear dogs barking, people yelling. It was torture,” she recalls.

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