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“Lamb’s Blood”, by Jerry Genesio, paints a complex and disturbing picture of American involvement in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution

June 12, 2013

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“A good historical novel is like an impressionist painting. You get a feeling for the the time, the places and the people. Lamb’s Blood, by Jerry Genesio, paints a complex and disturbing picture of American involvement in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution. The main character is a journalist who knowingly let the American government get away with lies about Vietnam and is determined to tell the truth about what is really happening in Nicaragua. The sympathetic characters are well developed and the reader will bond with them easily. The action, intrigue and fast pace will keep the pages turning so quickly that it will be one of those books you are sorry to see end. If we’re lucky, a major publisher will ask him to make it longer.” Review by Maine Man posted on Amazon.com.

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Lamb’s Blood: A novel based on the U.S. blood industry and its role in Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution during the late 1970s.

January 31, 2013

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Available in softcover at Amazon.com ($10.95) and Kindle ($2.99):  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Jerry+Genesio

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Hemo-Caribbean sold more than $3 million worth of blood plasma siphoned from Haitians

January 11, 2013

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The U.S. commercial blood industry was actively seeking new and cheaper sources of marketable blood in 1971 when the Haitian government granted Miami-based Hemo-Caribbean a ten year concession to harvest and export blood plasma from Port-au-Prince. The company harvested blood from Haitian donors for $3.00 per liter and shipped it via Air Haiti to the U.S. where it was sold for $23.00 per liter. Air Haiti was partly owned by Luckner Cambronne, at that time Haiti’s Minister of the Interior.

During its first year in business Hemo-Caribbean exported an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 liters of blood plasma monthly operating six days a week and fourteen hours a day. Sales to American distributors alone exceeded $3 million and represented 70,000 pounds of blood plasma siphoned from 170,000 Haitians.

Armour Pharmaceutical, which relied on Hemo-Caribbean for 15 per cent of its total raw blood plasma supply, claimed Haitian plasma was of excellent quality. But many health professionals insisted the Haitian donors were protein deficient and should be receiving rather than selling blood plasma.

Sources: “Now the Blood” by Louis A. Perez, Jr., Progressive, 39-40 Jan 1975; and “Haiti Blood Plasma Curb Poses Problems”, The Afro-American, 6, Jan 13, 1973.