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Christianity Under Siege in Nicaragua

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The persecution of Christians has been a common occurrence across much of the Middle East and China, but an equally virulent persecution is taking place not far from American shores with minimal global attention.

Nowhere is this more evident than under the regime of Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega.

The Catholic Church has been a common target of contempt and accusations of undermining the leftist regime despite a history of liberation theology and pro-left activism in Nicaragua.

The Sandinista revolutionary-turned-dictator Ortega, who returned to power in 2007 after ruling Nicaragua over a decade in the 1980s, never has been favorable toward the Catholic Church. Since the clergy lent their support to student protesters in 2018, however, his government has ramped up persecution significantly against any civil society sector that dares to speak up.

As of April, Ortega held at least 181 political prisoners.

Since 2018, the Catholic Church in Nicaragua has faced over 190 distinct attacks, ranging from arson, government paramilitary attacks, and the........

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