This book created by AMA y No Olvida, Museum of Memory against Impunity in collaboration with the Association Mothers of April (AMA) arises with the aim of denouncing the crimes against humanity committed by the State of Nicaragua against the population that protested in 2018 in opposition to the government of President Daniel Ortega and the Vice President Rosario Murillo. This piece aims to dignify the memory of the victims, to be a contribution to the defense of human rights, the reconstruction of the rule of law and the search for Transitional Justice in Nicaragua.
The book collects around 100 stories of victims murdered by the regime, told through the voices of their families, members of the victims’ organization Association Mothers of April (AMA). It also includes an Augmented Reality component that, through the reading of QR codes on mobile devices, allows access to the testimonies of families on video, maps about the events and virtual altars that hold memory objects of the victims in 3D. Users will be able to see the books, trophies, study materials and resistance of the victims that portray their interests, dreams and ties with their communities.
“The components and various digital formats of this project allow the stories of the victims to travel beyond their homes and their families and achieve, despite the de facto state of exception that prevails in Nicaragua, transform any public and private space in a site of collective memory,” shared Emilia Yang Rappaccioli, director of AMA y No Olvida, Museum of Memory against Impunity.
About Mothers of April Association (AMA)
In 2018, the State of Nicaragua committed crimes against humanity against the civilian population, denied their responsibilities, criminalized and re-victimized the victims and their families, denying them the right to memory. The brutal repression unleashed by the regime left 328 people murdered between April 18 and October 5, 2018, according to data from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) based on the documentation of the complaints presented by relatives of the victims. The Mothers of April Association (AMA) is made up of relatives of the victims who organized with the aim of fighting together for truth, justice, comprehensive reparation and guarantees of non-repetition. Three years after the acts of repression, they continue to fight for these principles.