The Life Story of a Nicaraguan Miskito Comandante
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
228 Pages | 6 x 9 | 26 b&w illus., 1 map
When he realizes the revolution is not helping the Miskitos, Reyes joins his people’s resistance against the Sandinista government. Through daring leadership, he quickly emerges as a field commander of the Miskito counterrevolutionary forces, allied with the Contras and funded by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
But Reyes—known by his nom de guerre, Ráfaga—realizes that war is prolonging his people’s suffering. Sickened by the corruption among Contra political and military leaders, Ráfaga works with Miskito leaders toward peace with the Sandinistas, in hopes of restoring the rights of the Miskito nation.
Much more than a political autobiography or an ethnographic account, Ráfaga is the story of a dynamic leader who had the courage for war and the vision for negotiation. It is also the gripping story of the devastation experienced indigenous people in a region undergoing full-scale militarization.