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Local News in Brief : Convoy of Relief Aid Heads for Nicaragua

Two old buses and two mini-vans headed for Nicaragua with hurricane relief supplies were welcomed by several dozen people Monday morning at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in downtown Los Angeles.

The vehicles were the West Coast contingent of a 25-truck Pastors for Peace Convoy scheduled to meet up in Laredo, Tex., and reach Managua on Dec. 23 with food, medicine and building materials donated by churches across the United States. Contingents originated in Seattle, Detroit, Boston, Miami, Missoula, Mont., and Oberlin, Ohio.

Hurricane Joan devastated the Bluefields and Corn Island areas of Nicaragua in late October.

Kris Kristofferson and his band helped greet the small caravan. Speakers included David Linder, whose son was killed by Nicaraguan Contra rebels in April of 1987.

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Pastors for Peace is a project of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, whose executive director, the Rev. Lucius Walker Jr., was among those wounded last Aug. 2 when a ferryboat was attacked by gunmen in Southeast Nicaragua. Witnesses blamed the Contras, who denied that they were responsible.


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