This interview was conducted with his Excellency Miguel Obando Y Bravo, Cardinal of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua, who was our third subject. He has traveled extensively in Central America throughout his lifetime and plays a very vital political role as an impartial mediator in many volatile local and international conflicts. At the time when the interview was conducted, he was in the process of mediating a doctors' strike. All interviews with the Cardinal are in Spanish.
It seems like the ESAF always affects the people who are poor and have less resources. But I think that it is a bitter medicine which, if there is no other way out, we have to accept with the hope that the situation while improve in the next few years. I think it is bitter because the most responsibility falls on the poorest people. If a person earns 500 Cordobas a month, which is a little bit less than 50 dollars I think, and you raise the cost of electricity and water then, having only 500 Cordobas, it's going to hurt him a lot. I said it's bitter, but it has to be drank in order to see if the situation can be saved in the coming years.