Exhibit/November 22, 2008
Stephen Petegorsky Documents Landmine Survivors in Nicaragua
Since 1998, Stephen Petegorsky has worked as a volunteer with The Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, whose international programs assist
people with disabilities in developing countries. On over a dozen trips
to Central America and Africa, he photographed the development of
the Walking Unidos prosthetics clinic and other projects.
Nicaragua's revolution and civil war left 30,000 people dead and
more injured. That legacy continues, as unexploded ordnance and
landmines still kill and injure civilians. Nicaragua is also a country
of crushing poverty, which compounds the difficulties faced by people
Losing a limb often means losing the ability to earn a living, to
get an education, or to acquire new job skills. Receiving a prosthetic
limb or wheelchair is of life-changing significance to individuals,
families, and communities. It can determine whether someone can rebuild
their life and become self-reliant, or will instead remain dependent
and indigent. [From Exhibit Abstract]
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