Nicaragua uprising: 'I was a Sandinista rebel'
16 July 2014 Last updated at 00:26 BST
For more than half a century, the Somoza family ruled the Central American republic of Nicaragua as its personal fiefdom.
They owned most of the farming land and the industry. All political dissent was suppressed.
In the early 1970s, the left-wing Sandinista National Liberation Front launched its first armed attacks on the regime.
In July 1979, the Sandinistas stormed to power, and General Anastasio Somoza and his followers fled into exile.
Daisy Zamora was a young Sandinista rebel. She recalls the struggle to overthrow the regime.
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