Archive - April 14, 2016

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Emily Creigh (Paraguay) publishes JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE CONDOR
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Will you support legislation to improve health care for PCVs and RPCVs?

Emily Creigh (Paraguay) publishes JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE CONDOR

  Journey to the Heart of the Condor: Love, Loss, and Survival in a South American Dictatorship is the story of author Emily Creigh’s Peace Corps service in Paraguay from 1975 to 1977, during the height of repression carried out by the U.S.-backed Alfredo Stroessner dictatorship in its push to rid the country of political “dissidents” (a term conveniently applied to anyone opposed to the dictator). Creigh’s touching and humorous story of personal transformation unfolds against the backdrop of the regime’s brutality as related by co-author Dr. Martín Almada, a Paraguayan attorney and educator. Dr. Almada became one of the first victims of Operation Condor — the covert international campaign of state terrorism — and spent nearly three years in prison after being falsely accused of being a communist sympathizer. The two narratives overlap in a heartrending yet inspirational story of patriotism, sacrifice, and redemption. A recent college graduate struggling to . . .

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Will you support legislation to improve health care for PCVs and RPCVs?

  In less than ten months, there will be a new administration in Washington and a new Peace Corps Director will be appointed. Much progress has been made at Peace Corps to improve the health care for RPCVs as well as serving Volunteers. The new  Director may continue the policies that Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet has made, or may totally ignore or change them. It may even be months before the new Director is confirmed and policies and staff may be in limbo. The only way to protect these positive policy changes and to address the still existing health care problems is legislation. Nancy Tongue, founder of Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers, has asked the RPCV community to support the efforts of Representative Poe (R. Texas) to develop and pass legislation to improve health care for PCVs and RPCVs. She emails: “Hi All, We have been working with staffers of Ted . . .

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