Moving the Miskitos

Nicaragua uses brutal force on its proud, once friendly Indians

For weeks, Honduran soldiers stationed across the Coco River from the Nicaraguan village of Leimus watched with mounting concern as Sandinista troops began moving into the bustling town, a stronghold of the country's independent-minded Miskito Indians. Then, on a moonlit night just before Christmas, the Hondurans began hearing bursts of automatic rifle fire. An Indian mineworker, Roberto Vidal Poveda, 18, recounted his ordeal to TIME Correspondent James Willwerth, who talked to a number of Miskito refugees: "During the night, the Sandinistas took us...

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