PENNY LERNOUX is a journalist who has written for many newspapers and magazines about the various struggles in Latin America, where she has lived for 25 years. Lemoux has authored In Banks We Trust (Doubleday, 1984) and The Cry of the People (Doubleday, 1980) and is widely known for her commitment to poor people in that region.
Not long ago, we invited Lernoux to visit with us and share her experiences and reflections from her work as a journalist in this troubled region, particularly concerning her understanding of the political and social life of Nicaragua after the fall of dictator Anastasio Somoza. The following interview is the record of that conversation.
- The Editors
SOJOURNERS: It is often hard in this country to get accurate information about what is really happening in Nicaragua. From your experience of the situation there now, can you share with us your understanding of issues such as human rights, divisions within the church, and the treatment of the Miskito Indians?
PENNY LERNOUX: It is very difficult to establish the facts in such controversial issues, both in Nicaragua itself, where many of those involved are so polarized that theyrefuse to consider another point of view, and in the United States, where people are confused by conflicting accounts and opinions.