Tuesday, February 20, 2007

[PC Guinea news] Update from Peace Corps headquarters

Nicole Lewis of Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC passed along the following official information:

* On February 12, the U.S. Embassy issued an ordered departure of all U.S. Citizens from Guinea due to the ongoing strikes and civil unrest.

* As of February 12, the Peace Corps Guinea program has been temporarily suspended.

* PCVs will begin a transition conference on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 which will be completed by February 23, 2007.

* PCVs will be offered various options including a direct and immediate transfer, close of service, or a possible reinstatement, if the situation in Guinea improves.

* Since January 10, PCVs have been on standfast and were consolidated in Mali, near Bamako on January 26.

* Volunteers participated in an In Service Training (IST) in Mali. PC Guinea staff attended the IST and supported the Volunteers along with an OSS officer from Washington, D.C., and the sub-regional programming and training coordinator from Senegal.

* During this time, the PC/Guinea Country Director and his staff, PC staff in Mali, and staff in D.C. were constantly monitoring the situation in Guinea to evaluate when the PCVs may return to Guinea.

* Families are encouraged to contact Peace Corps' Office of Special Services with any questions or concerns they may have. Special Services maintains a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week duty system. The telephone number during standard office hours is 1-800-424-8580, Extension 1470; the after hours number is 202-638-2574. The Office of Special Services can also be contacted via e-mail at ossdutyofficer@peacecorps.gov

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