Sweet child carries many
Nanna Kirstine Hansen
old Danish expression. I myself are being called Nons, Nanse, Nanc, Nanita,
Little Mouse, Scallop and Piglet, which might be due to my slightly pink colour
and my tendency to snob nose. But in this I am not thinking about myself. In
stead I will write about everybody’s darling, our little statue.
been fun to watch, how the statue gradually connects more and more personally to
us, who often is around her. I feel that every time I see her, I just have to go
over to her and touch her round tummy. Besides that she has gradually gotten
some pet names: The Little Jesusfine (La Jesu Crista), The Virgin (La Virgen),
The Little Virgin (La Virgencita), My Little Girl (Mi Niña), Gigantic Stomach
(La Panzona), and the most used; The Little Doll (La Muñequita).
is not only us, who often are around her, who get’s a close relation to her.
It is like, everybody who in some are in the campaign, either because they
participant in it or because they participant in those workshops the women
groups hold, gets a relation to her. I was out on a workshop, which was hold by
the women group from Masaya, which also are a part of the women’s movement in
a small society called Palenque.
subject was medical abortion, but under this they got to talk about machismo,
violence and that suppression that many, especially the poor women experience,
not only from the society’s site, but also in their families, often through
their husbands. In the end of the workshop they asked the women to look properly
at the statue, and then tell about those thoughts and feelings she put in their
the women went up to the statue and stood closely to her and many of them
touched her, touched her stomach, and touched her breasts and her body. As she
hangs there on her cross, she seems very vulnerable and even though she hasn’t
got any eyes in the hollow of the eyes, you get that impression that she has a
sad and melancholic look in her eyes.
the women noticed that she looked underfed and that she should have some goat
milk. But many of them took her close. It is like they see themselves in her or
maybe their daughter or grandchildren. She is for certain and definitely a lady
that makes many impressions.
by Matilde Christiansen.