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Nicaragua presentation set for Feb. 23

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Nicaragua presentation February 23Chemeketa Community College has developed a strong connection to Nicaragua.  A winter term course at the college culminates in students heading to the Latin American nation during spring break to participate in rural humanitarian health care assistance.

The bond between the college and Nicaragua will continue when two Oregon-based authors come to campus on Saturday, Feb. 23 to give a presentation of how U.S. policies from the 1980’s in Nicaragua continue to impact the country today.

Paul Dix and Pam Fitzpatrick will speak on their book, “Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy of U.S. Policy” from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm in the Building 7, Room 107 on the Salem campus.

“I think our strength (in our presentation) is that we share personal stories of the long-term consequences of a U.S.-funded war,” Fitzpatrick said.

The talk is part of the “International Community Service in Action” humanities course taught by Cecelia Monto, but the public is invited to attend.

From 1985 to 1990, Dix, a photographer, worked in Nicaragua as with Witness for Peace, an organization opposed to American funding of Contra rebels in Nicaragua. Starting in 2002, Dix and Fitzpatrick, who also worked for Witness for Peace, began making return trips to Nicaragua to locate 100 of the people he photographed during the 1980s. Over eight years and four extended trips, they eventually found almost all of the people they sought.

Through photographs and personal testimonies from both the 1980s and 2000s, the book shows how the country remains impacted by the Contra War.

The break between winter and spring term has brought an annual trip to Nicaragua by Chemeketa students enrolled in Monto’s class to provide health care support in rural communities through Nicaragua-based humanitarian agency AMOS Health.

Nicaragua: Effects of US Policy
11:45 am Saturday, Feb. 23
Salem campus, Building 7, Room 107
Free to attend

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