Conflict Over Indigenous Land In Nicaragua Turns Violent
After decades of peaceful co-existence, the relations between Nicaragua's largest indigenous group and non-indigenous settlers are souring. The Miskito, the largest indigenous group on the Caribbean coast, with a population of up to 300,000, blame the attacks on "settlers" coming from other parts of the country and occupying their ancestral territories.
The worst of this conflict has unfolded far from the single, unpaved road that connects the region to the rest of Nicaragua. Dominated by pine forests, this sparsely populated, remote coastal plain has become the most violently contested territory in the country.