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Casares is a tiny fishing village on the Pacific coast about two hours southwest of Managua. Each morning when the fishermen return, the beach becomes a frenzy of activity as coolers are emptied of fish, catches are appraised and carried to nearby market stalls, motors are removed from 

During this trip in early 2003, a drama unfolded in Nicaragua and Costa Rica involving a 9-year-old whose rape resulted in a pregnancy. The story is recounted in the 2005 documentary Rosita. 

the boats, and the boats are hauled ashore using an ancient tool: log rollers. With the sound of surf as background music, the beach is simultaneously workplace, playground and social gathering spot, filled with frolicking children, soccer players, and a meandering pig or two.

children running past pig on beach at Casares, Nicaragua
A typical morning in Casares -- fishing, frolic and a pig.

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A teen flips into the water as surf spills over a public pool north of Casares.

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