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"My parents died within one year of each other just before the revolution in Nicaragua. It was a terrible shock. I became partially bald. They took me to a psychologist and as I began to talk to her, my hair grew back. It was a miracle.

"After my parents died, I went to live with my aunt and uncle. At that time fighting was beginning in the mountains and the countryside. My cousin Patricia was fighting with the Sandinistas, and we found her dead in the doorway. It was not uncommon to find bodies in the morning.

"All these things happened in the past, and if I remember them what good does it do? I have to say, 'Let's go ahead. Let's go forward.'"

Laura Madrigal


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