I was idly reading the Seattle Times at breakfast this morning when I came across an article by a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. The Peace Corps – I immediately think of my mother who at the age of 50+ served in Nepal in the 1960’s. She was in one of the first groups of volunteers to serve in that country. At the close of the Seattle Times article I discover that the author is a Seattle native AND he is a graduate of Middlebury College – my alma mater. Bing! I must follow up on this.
The author of the Seattle Times article, Grant Friedman, was serving in Cameroon when he, along with all the other Peace Corps Volunteers around the world, was recalled to the U.S. because of the spread of the COVID virus. This was the first time in the 60 year history of the Peace Corps that such a recall had taken place.