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Tough Times for Miskito Indians in Nicaragua
13 years ago
Message from: From: "Ka-la A-li-ta-ma" Lets try and see what we can do for that area. Just a few hundred dollars of goods would do wonders for the people. I know this is a tough time with what has happeded in the US however, we can not lose focus on other problems in Nicaragua. With help we can prevent what is about to take place there. I can start this off by putting in $200.00 USD leaving only $800.00USD remaining to our goal. Lets see if we can collect $1000.00USD to send down. Make your payments to CINDURMA or to myself. If you would like to donate directly to a family please feel free to contact me for details. 100% of ever dollar will go toward the purchase of food. Thank you all for your kind help. Glenn <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Copy pasted from: Rats, bats plague Nicaragua's Miskito Indians 09 Sep 2005 01:38:14 GMT Source: Reuters MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Sept 8 (Reuters) - A plague of rats caused by snake hunting is threatening thousands of Miskito Indians with famine in a remote corner of Nicaragua's jungle, while vampire bats are raising concerns about rabies, a United Nations agency said on Thursday. Miskito Indians from communities near the Coco River face severe food shortages after rodents ate most of their crops, and they are increasingly worried about attacks by blood-sucking bats, Alfredo Misael of the United Nations Development Program said. "The rats destroyed between 90 percent and 100 percent of the crops, directly affecting 4,500 people," he said in a telephone interview. In the summer rainy season the rats flee riverside homes for higher agricultural land, where they gorge on Miskito crops of rice and plantain. The rat population has boomed in Miskito territories as people hunt more snakes -- the rats' natural predator -- for food and for their skins. Vampire bats, which are also worrying locals, are relatively common in Central America and feed mainly by drinking the blood of livestock and birds. Reports of attacks on humans are infrequent, but since the bat population is on the rise, officials fear attacks on humans could increase. "The danger is that they spread rabies to people," Misael said. The Miskito Indians, many who live in extreme poverty, are a mainly English-speaking group indigenous to the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. Their territory was a British protectorate in the 18th century, from where, alongside the British, they launched attacks against Spanish colonies. Many do not consider themselves Nicaraguan. The Nicaraguan government is working with the United Nations to fly food aid to the affected villages and design rat-resistant planting programs. AlertNet news is provided by Reuters
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