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    Nicaragua is slowly recovering from the recent eruption of civil strife that resulted in the deaths of at least 1,000 civilians and members of the National Guard and injuries to hundreds of others.

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    Nicaragua is slowly recovering from the recent eruption of civil strife that resulted in the deaths of at least 1,000 civilians and members of the National Guard and injuries to hundreds of others.

    SYNOPSIS: Most of Nicaraguan capital of Managua was destroyed by earthquakes in 1971 and 72. The damage is still evident, despite the millions of dollars' worth of foreign aid which poured into the country. President Anastasio Somoza - whose family has ruled that plans for re-building the capital would be delayed until seismological reports showed which areas would be most likely to survive another earthquake. Now, the capital is recovering from another disturbance. There had been growing opposition to the rule of President Somoza and this flared into violent confrontation after the murder in January of Opposition leader and newspaper editor Pedro Joaquin Chamorro.

    Led by the Sandinist Liberation Front, armed bands formed and were augmented by students. Open warfare broke out. Opposing the rebels were Government troops and the National Guard. Before the fighting reached its peak, the country was brought almost to a standstill by a national-wide strike. Supplies of food and essential goods dried to a trickle - their prices soaring as stocks dwindled. Those with money survived quite well.

    One of the reasons said to have contributed to the insurrection was the failure of the Government to distribute foreign aid funds allocated for relief after the earthquakes of six years ago. Social unrest remains, but there are signs that life is returning to normal. During the fighting there were fears that the Nicaraguan economy would be crippled for some years. Those fears have not yet been completely stilled. Nicaragua's main export crop is cotton -- and the main cotton growing area is in the region where the heaviest fighting of the recent disturbances took place. If the crop is to survive to maturity in January it will require spraying and intensive care -- delayed by the fighting.

    The Sandinist guerrillas say that the fighting has been halted only temporarily. Mr Xavier Chamorro, brother of the assassinated newspaper editor, has been quoted as saying that the Government of President Somoza would fall soon. As yet no one has come up with any way of overcoming the awesome military firepower with which President Somoza put down the recent insurrection.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6AJ5QX0T98FNQGHLVVFX8H83C
    Media URN:
    VLVA6AJ5QX0T98FNQGHLVVFX8H83C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/09/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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