Slow Response to Contra Kidnapping

While the Reagan administration and the U.S. Congress were presenting, debating, and voting on additional U.S. aid to the Nicaraguan contras in March, the contras were continuing to kill, wound, and kidnap Nicaraguan civilians. The contras had also kidnapped and were holding a U.S. citizen, Witness for Peace (WFP) volunteer Richard Boren, but not even this fact deterred those who would resupply the U.S.-financed contra army.

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