sitting on the dock of the bay…

I have so much I want to say about this, but I’ll keep it short for now, with more to come later.

I am deeply saddened to announce that due to continued safety and security concerns – mainly the recent al-Quada kidnapping/murder of two Frenchmen from a bar in the capital – Peace Corps has permanently suspended all programs in Niger.

All 98 volunteers, including me, have been safely evacuated to Morocco to await reassignment or return home.

Though I personally always felt completely safe in-country, especially in my village, I understand and agree with the decision to leave. Please keep the people of Niger in your thoughts – it is they who will be impacted the most by this tragic turn of events. The people who took me in, shared with me what little they had, and became my family will always be in my heart. Kala hanfo & fonda tilas ay corey.

Not sure what the future holds for me – but I am confident, as always, that Peace Corps will take care of me. Depending on what’s available, I do have the option at this time to take another assignment in a different country (anywhere in the world where Volunteers serve) and basically start Peace Corps over again – going through training, learning a new language, integrating into a new culture, and serving 27 more months. Obviously it is not a decision to take lightly and I will continue updating this blog as I get more information.

This was the best experience I’ve ever had and I’m so grateful to the outstanding PC/Niger staff and my wonderful fellow Volunteers. Thanks all for your support over these amazing six months.