I am forty years old. I'm a cabinetmaker, the trade my dad always had. I joined the Nicaraguan Resistance [the Contras] when I was thirteen. And I was in for six years. They call me "Suicida" because I was a child when I joined the Resistance. I was based in Honduras, at a base that the gringos had. They trained us hard over there in Honduras. yeah, and it's good because, look, good training is important. I became a commander.
I was wounded three times. When we were wounded we were taken to a clinic [in Honduras], an excellent hospital. And from there we left healed. If we wanted, we could come back to Nicaragua; it wasn't demanded.
Read more of Javier's interview in Speaking Their Peace.