NIC presents photo/testimony project on U.S. policy in Nicaragua

U.S. policy in Nicaragua during the contra war will be the topic of a photo slide show and testimony project presented at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Molstead Library's Todd Lecture Hall, on North Idaho College's main campus.

In the 1980s, the United States supported a proxy army in Nicaragua, “the contras,” with the objective of coercing the civilian population to oust the Sandinista government. After the deaths of more than 30,000 Nicaraguans during the U.S.-funded contra war, the Sandinistas were voted out of office in 1990 and the government was peacefully handed over to the UNO party, the coalition of parties supported by the U.S. government.

Paul Dix and Pam Fitzpatrick, who both worked to change U.S. policy toward Nicaragua during the 1980s, will present the project. Dix was a photographer in Nicaragua from 1985 to 1990, and Fitzpatrick, who served as director of the North Pacific Office of Witness for Peace from 1985 to 1993.

During the past three years, Dix and Fitzpatrick returned to Nicaragua for a total of 13 months to search the country for the people Dix had photographed two decades ago during the height of the war. The photo slide show documents the physical and psychological scars that victims of the contra war continue to endure.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Information: (208) 769-3397.

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NIC Diversity Events Committee Chair Sharla Chittick, (208) 769-3397

Posted: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005

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