Without money or food Lessther niel hamilton walked the trails and mountains of Honduras to reach Mexico, a country that received a thousand 140 Nicaraguans in 2021, a 42 percent increase over the previous year.
As if he were a criminal, a drug trafficker or a law violator, says the man from Managa, who left Nicaragua Due to the political persecution, the siege and the unrest that were part of his life, until last May when he decided to seek an alternative life as an exile abroad.
Sitting in a chair in front of the Jesuit Migrants Refuge who opened the doors for him, talks that “between mountains and paths, together with my political partner Lenin, I walked incessantly, hiding from the lights of the border patrols and the migration dogs of the government of Nicaragua, who found out my whereabouts to lock me in a dark room or, in the worst case, put me three meters underground”.
In 2012, Lessther was a Nicaraguan government political prisoner for 72 hours. With buckets of cold water every morning, he was awakened by paramilitaries, because of having promoted justice and freedom of expression in his country.
His activism to remove President Daniel Ortega, who reformed the Nicaraguan Institute of Social Security, which left older adults helpless with respect to their pension, led to their participation in a large demonstration against the regime in April 2018.
“We took to the streets to protest and we were beaten, attacked with all kinds of Firearms Y knives. Sticks, stones, bullets, they set fire to houses, you heard the screams of pain, anger or perhaps sadness. There were three-year-old children, women, and students; They were killed left and right ”, he says.
“I lost my partner from activism; fell into my arms with a hole in his forehead caused by a AK-47”Was one of the more than 300 deaths left by that movement. This year, with 20 political prisoners in June alone, including five presidential candidates, it was clear that the persecution would be unstoppable.
Although Ortega has reiterated on different occasions that “we are not judging politicians, we are not judging candidates, here we are judging criminals who have attacked the country”, The Nicaraguan exiles consider that the president is afraid of losing power, so he has to use violent means to perpetuate himself.
Lessther chose the illegal route to leave his country, since a direct plane to the Mexican capital was impossible since “my name was on a list that circulated throughout the migration agents and border areas that have Nicaragua”, Accused of inciting a coup. After two long weeks with the police, polleros and immigration on his heels, he touched Mexican territory.
Upon arriving at Chiapas He was welcomed by the welcoming arms of Benjamín Sánchez, who had also escaped the hands of the Nicaraguan government and was in charge of the Jesuit Migrant Service in the region.
The National Commission for Refugee Aids (Comar) estimates that in July the number of Nicaraguan exiles who have entered Mexico in a month, with more than 300 victims of political persecution or criminal violence.
“This year it is rebounding strongly Nicaragua and it has already exceeded the end of May that we had in all of 2020. Very likely the figures we had in 2019 will be exceeded and even higher in the month of July ”, said by telephone, the General Coordinator of the Comar, Andrés Ramírez Silva.
“As Mexicans we must have an empathic attitude and solidarity with the people who have suffered so much in their countries. From our trench we are doing everything possible to create a way for any migrant to access public services in our country, ”the official highlighted.