“I am just a Catholic nun. Nobody has asked me to write to you. But I cannot stand and watch like a dictator massacre his people while you remain silent”. This is how the open letter that Sister Xiskya Valladares, a Nicaraguan religious resident in Spain, published Sunday on her blog and on social networks begins.
The letter tags various heads of state and government. “We are a small population of only 6 million inhabitants, which has no oil and is not important for your interests” continues the religious, “but we are talking about human beings with profound values, with great courage, in a strategic place in Central America. They deserve your help”.
Then she lists some of the major cruelties committed by the regime of Daniel Ortega.
Those who publish comments or news against the government are at risk of seizure and disappearance.
The letter continues: “They have burned alive families with children, shot citizens who marched peacefully in the streets, fired at children, committed sacrileges in churches, wounded a bishop, arrested many people without judicial orders, tortured them. The elderly, women, children, men: no one is saved today in Nicaragua. They are full-scale human rights crimes. When will you react?”.
The nun then asks rulers to leave aside “at least for once, political and economic interests” and to show their humanity. “It is not a question of ideology, religion or politics. It is a question of humanity. You have been elected to make the world more human. The people of Nicaragua need you now. Please, act. Do it soon, before they kill us all”.
Sister Xiskya concludes with a specific request: “I do not ask for military actions. I ask for actions of diplomatic pressure: the condemnation for crimes of human injury” and with a plea: “help the people of Nicaragua. Stop this massacre, please”.
The idea of the letter “arose because of the need for international pressure towards President Daniel Ortega”, the religious said. “It is clear that he will not leave out of his own initiative. This is why I asked the presidents “from other countries for help”. “I published the letter on my blog, I linked the link to my social networks and tagged the rulers I know and some media. I do not have the e-mail address of the Presidents”, says Sr. Xiskya, who has over 46,000 followers on Twitter, has exceeded the limit of 5,000 friends on Facebook and is also on Instagram, YouTube (1 million 200 thousand subscribers) and LinkedIn.