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Nicaragua still suffering three years after Hurricane

Cardinal Obando y Bravo, Archbishop of Managua, said that "three years after hurricane Mitch, the situation of the country is still critical".

The poor Central American country has been afflicted with many disasters in the last years: the devastating Hurricane Mitch, volcanic eruptions, a powerful earthquake, droughts in Summer and floods in Winter.

The Cardinal told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that many social services need to be curtailed by the government to allow it to pay back the considerable foreign debt incurred by the former Sandinista administration. He also stressed the unconditional support of the Church for Nicaragua's democratic development in view of next month's General and presidential Elections.

Cardinal Obando expressed his gratitude to all Catholics who have helped Nicaragua through Aid to the Church in Need. Aid to the Church in Need is sponsoring several projects in the country and already raised almost $A2 million for the battered Nicaraguan people.