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International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Feb. 28, 2000

Landmine victim to speak to foreign relations council March 6

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Marianne Holtz, an Iowa native who was the victim of a landmine in Africa, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "The Legacy of Landmines," from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 6, in the Rockwell Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. The presentation is open to the public.

Holtz was born in Council Bluffs, graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Nursing, and earned her Masters in Nursing from the University of Washington. After working as a public health nurse, visiting nurse and hospital nurse, she went to Africa in 1993, working in Somalia, Southern Sudan, Zaire, and Rwanda.

In 1995, Holtz was working for the American Refugee Committee managing a hospital for Rwandan refugees at Mugunga Camp near Goma, Zaire. While driving to work with another American worker on Oct. 29, 1995, their car drove over a landmine recently placed in a pothole in the road (probably the previous night). As a result, she lost both legs below the knees, fractured three vertebrae, five ribs, and multiple facial bones. She spent months in hospitals in Africa, England and the United States.

Holtz is now associated with Landmine Survivors Network and has spoken in Germany, Mexico, Russia, Turkmenistan, Zimbabwe and various U.S. cities about the aftereffects of landmines and the needs of landmine survivors.

The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon Friday, March 3. The Motley Cow Catering will provide the meal, and the cost is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Tuesday, March 7, following the noon news. Holtz's presentation is co-sponsored by UI International Programs and the Johnson County United Nations Association, with additional support from Hands Jewelry.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non–profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the University of Iowa campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.