After two years of civil war in Nicaragua, the prediction of the Sandinista leaders, that the situation would get worse before it gets better, is proving true.
After two years of civil war in Nicaragua, the prediction of the Sandinista leaders, that the situation would get worse before it gets better, is proving true. The Sandinista junta has started its much promised agrarian reform and is dividing up the land holdings of former dictator Anastasio Somoza and his associates, while trying to pull together the country's serious economic situation. It has introduced a provisional Bill of Rights to provide basic individual and political rights. the Junta also promises social programmes surpassing those in many Western democracies. Meanwhile, many Nicaraguans are still trying to exist in their shattered nation.
SYNOPSIS: When Somoza's guards launched their offensive against the Sandinista guerrillas entrenched in the poor areas of the capital city Managua, it meant the total destruction of what was primarily a shanty town. Some of the homeless have found refuge in buildings damaged in a 19???2 earthquake, an earthquake which killed more than ten thousand people and destroyed fifty thousand houses and building???.
The Nicaraguan people suffer ha???hips in silence. For more than eighteen months they have been ??? from a lack of housing and food.
More than half of the country's 2.7 million people are unemployed and the few shops that escaped damage have little, if any, goods to offer, after the rampant looting at the height of the civil war. Fields lie fallow because the crops were not planted.
For hundreds of thousands of people in Nicaragua, the prospects are dim without an immediate influx of foreign aid.
Nicaragua's foreign debt now runs to a billion and a half dollars, and the new government has told its creditors that the Nicaraguan people will only renegotiate the Somoza's government's debts in a way that does not deprive the people of their sustenance.
The country's banks have been nationalised and in the near future so will the country's mines and forests and Managua's transport system. The junta has announced that foreign investors will be welcomed and have equal treatment with Nicaraguans.
Several countries have promised aid to Nicaragua, but a great deal is still needed for the country to be able to rebound from its economic plight.