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FEATURING COURTNEY MORRIS – The Central American nation of Nicaragua faces a major crisis that some are worried will turn into a civil war. Violence erupted in April after the government headed by President Daniel Ortega announced pension reforms. Police forces cracked down on anti-government protests and since then hundreds of people have been killed.

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights released a report condemning what it called “gross violations of human rights.” Some have suggested the anti-government opposition is responsible for the violence.

Courtney Morris is a news correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali. She is an assistant professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University.

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