Nicaragua: Support Your Local Guerrillas

Six months after U.S. funds stop, the contras turn elsewhere

Once the mule is saddled and mounted, there is no turning back. —Honduran proverb

Like the proverbial mule, the contras fighting the Sandinista government of Nicaragua just keep plodding along. Six months after the U.S. Congress voted to cut off their covert Central Intelligence Agency funding, the rebels have come to depend increasingly on supplies and money from private U.S. sources. Economic hardship has forced the guerrilla factions to halt their frequent bickering, but a united front remains elusive. The war itself...

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