The country of Nicaragua and Gettysburg’s sister city of Leon watch with sadness the events unfolding in the United States, even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages here. Almost everyone in Nicaragua knows someone who has died from what is officially labeled as pneumonia so as to hide the extent of COVID-19 infection.

A complication is that the rainy season brings more illness and death from other causes which plague the country, such as dengue and malaria. Nicaragua remains the second-poorest country in the western hemisphere. An out-of-control pandemic hits hardest at the poorest of this country, who lack not only medical resources but they lack even accurate prevention information.

Greg Bowles is the current director for Project Gettysburg Leon, the sister city program between Gettysburg and the country of Nicaragua that was founded in 1986.

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