Sunday, January 21, 2007

[PC Guinea news] Peace Corps Washington statement on safety of Guinea PCVs during the general strike

Newsletter editor Woody Collahan passed along the following statement from Nicole Lewis, of the Guinea desk at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC.

All Volunteers are safe and accounted for. Peace Corps is in daily contact with the Volunteers. Peace Corps is monitoring the situation very closely. There have been no threats towards Americans, in this strike or others in the past. The Peace Corps office in Conakry is open, as is the US Embassy.

Peace Corps Guinea has an Emergency Action Plan that the Volunteers have been trained in and they were prepared
for the strike. Additional resources were stockpiled up country in regional capitals as well. The Volunteers remain on standfast – staying at their sites with the support of host families, friends and their communities.

We can appreciate the concern. All Volunteers are safe and we continue to monitor the situation very closely.

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