In Nicaragua, there was sniper fire in several districts of Managua, on Wednesday (1 August).?
CU: Venezuelan transport plane with armed Sandinista troops looking on. (2 shots)
MV: Nicaraguan Foreign Affairs Minister, Priest D. Escoto, waiting for aircraft to arrive.
GV: Venezuela aircraft taxiing in with Sandinista soldiers waiting. (2 shots)
MV: Escoto and party walk to aircraft.
CU: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jose Alberto Zambrano leaving aircraft and being welcomed by Escoto with crowd applauding.
SV: Welcome scenes at airport Journalists and officials looking on.
MCU: Female Sandinista with automatic weapon looks on as Foreign Minister Zambrano and others board bus. (2 shots)
CU: Sandinista girl.
GV: Aircraft on tarmac with general activity in foreground. foreground.
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Background: In Nicaragua, there was sniper fire in several districts of Managua, on Wednesday (1 August). Some of the fighting was intense and thousands of employees arriving for work at the National Palace were told to return home. Other people were trapped in the city centre when the snipers opened fire. It appears to be the last formal resistance by followers of President Anastasio Somoza, but not the last physical threat facing the people of Nicaragua. Unless neighbouring countries send massive amounts of food and medicine the people of Nicaragua face a massive famine.
SYNOPSIS: Of all Nicaragua's neighbours, Venezuela has been the most helpful in airlifting vital supplies of food and medicine into the country. Foreign Affairs Minister, Priest D. Escoto, has also received an offer of financial aid from the Venezuelan government amounting to nearly twenty-seven million U.S. dollars.
Besides Venezuela, the governments of Spain, Mexico, the United States and the International Red Cross have been delivering supplies to Nicaragua. But so far, the total is still insignificant -- when compared with the country's needs. But Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jose Alberto Zambrano, has promised more. Nicaraguan officials fear however, that the nightmare of war could easily become the nightmare of famine.
For the Sandinistas, the fight against the remnants of the National Guard is all but over. But the time spent fighting a guerrilla war in the country means further delays in the rebuilding of Nicaragua. The new government says it will need at least two and a half billion dollars immediately for the reconstruction programme and the help and support of other countries in the near future.