[Ppnews] Lori Berenson Update May 10

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

To Friends and Supporters of Lori Berenson:

NEW YORK TIMES "FOLLOWS UP" ON LORI'S CASE

On Sunday, May 8th the journalist Joseph P. Fried published his
"Following Up" column in the Metro Section titled "Still Working to Free
a New Yorker in Peru." (See article from homepage of www.freelori.org
Website).

LORI PROVIDES ADVICE TO COLLEGE STUDENTS

This spring semester, as part of a general education course at Montclair
State University, Global Issues III:  International Justice and Human
Rights, team-taught by Mark and Professor David Dodd, Director of the
Justice Studies Program, students wrote to Lori inquiring about several
social justice and human rights issues.  One student asked Lori
specifically, "what advice would you give to college students?"  Lori's
response appears in the LORI'S WORDS section of the Website
www.freelori.org.  In sum, she urges the future graduates to think
globally, not parochially - to see themselves as citizens of the world
community, not narrowly as citizens of a particular country.

DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKER ACCOMPANIES MARK TO PERU

In his last visit to Peru Mark was accompanied by filmmaker Suzie Baer
who has been working on a documentary regarding Lori's case since 1996.
Lori's husband Anibal accompanied Mark and Suzie to Villa el Salvador,
one of the poorest regions in Peru, where Suzie filmed life on the
margins of Lima.  The modern, ever-changing and improving Jorge Chavez
International Airport that the tourists see is a "Potemkin Village."
Unless the tourists visit Villa el Salvador they do not get an idea of
what life is really like for the many unfortunate in the Peruvian
capital.  It is shocking that nearly 10 years after Lori's arrest and
nearly five years after democracy returned to Peru, the government still
allows so many of its people to live without proper housing, no
electricity, no plumbing, no access to quality health care.  Sales taxes
in Lima are high -- one may legitimately wonder where is that money
going?  Recently, the Peruvian radio wires reported the government had
to close Villa el Salvador's beaches because of contamination.  Sadly,
some cases of dengue fever were also recently reported there.

Rhoda and Mark Berenson
English Website:  www.freelori.org
Spanish Website:  www.lorilibre.org

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