As the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, is being accused of turning a blind eye to country’s COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic Church is asking politicians to place the interests of the nation before their own.
“Today, we need men and women who seek the common good who, freed from all selfishness, feel the pain of the people and accompany them,” says a message released on Tuesday by the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Managua, the country’s capital.
Every day, they write, “dozens of coffins are seen in our cities, given a ‘express’ burial in the middle of the night; the sirens of the ambulances break the silence at all times; and [people] experience the pain of not being able to pay our tributes to loved ones who have left us without saying goodbye.”
Ortega and Murillo have drawn strong criticism for their handling of the emergency. During the first months of the outbreak, they were actually urging people to go out in the streets, claiming that Nicaraguans are stronger than the virus, or that God would spare the country. The government refused to set any restrictions, and schools were never suspended.
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