Sunday, April 13, 2003

Former Sandinista "cultural ambassador" protests war and US imperialism while...

his son serves in the US Army Over There

The story of the old revolutionary and his soldier son is the talk of the town in Managua, where the Mejía Godoy family is a beloved cultural treasure. Though Camilo has not openly disavowed his father nor his beliefs, the circumstances that led him to the Persian Gulf hold powerful symbolic meaning for a country still deeply divided by the lingering effects of a violent civil war, U.S. intervention and the ensuing wave of exiles.

"A lot of people [from Nicaragua] are caught in this same paradox," says Greg Landau, a San Francisco-based producer and guitarist, who toured extensively in the 1980s with Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy, the young soldier's uncle. "In many families, people are caught on opposite sides of the political fence."