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08 May 2002 description

Central America needs help. Dismal weather, low coffee prices, social problems, and bad government make for a potentially explosive situation. Central America is just outside America's back yard. Mounting poverty, human suffering and threats to past political gains pose threats not only to the region but to the United States as well.

01 Apr 2002 description

The people of the Central American countries have recently seen their livelihoods battered by a combination of natural disasters: hurricanes, drought, earthquakes, and even volcanic eruptions. In addition, they are facing economic problems such as low world prices for their major exports, notably coffee. The impact has been severe. Acute malnutrition, especially among children, is reported in several rural communities in Guatemala. In Nicaragua, thousands of destitute coffee farmers have reportedly migrated to the cities in search of employment.