Peace Corps explain Kenya programme suspension
from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – THE Peace Corps attributed the withdrawal of its volunteers from Kenya to rising insecurity.
Late on Tuesday, the Peace Corps announced that all Peace Corps Kenya volunteers have safely and successfully closed their Kenya service.
“Due to escalating concerns after closely monitoring the security environment in Kenya in recent months, the agency has suspended the program.
“The Peace Corps will continue to assess the safety and security climate in Kenya. While the agency hopes volunteers can return, their safety and security are the Peace Corps’ top priorities,” the agency stated.
More than 50 Peace Corps Kenya volunteers were working in the areas of education, health and community economic development.
The Peace Corps said it had enjoyed a long partnership with the government and people of Kenya and hopes to be able to continue volunteers’ work there.
The Peace Corps is a volunteer programme run by the United States government.
“The stated mission of the Peace Corps includes providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries.
“The work is generally related to social and economic development,” the organisation said.
Since the programme was established 40 years ago, more than 5 155 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Kenya. – CAJ News
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