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A Writer Writes: How I Was Bombed Out of Sri Lanka And Other Career Changes

A Writer Writes: How I Was Bombed Out of Sri Lanka And Other Career Changes

A Writer Writes How I Was Bombed Out of Sri Lanka And Other Career Changes Sri Lanka: The author and his students (Spring 1998). I spent a year as a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher in Kandy, Sri Lanka. While there, a suicide bomber blew himself up close to my home, which led to the evacuation of the Volunteers from the country. Well, evacuation may be too strong a word, but a security officer flew over from Washington, DC to evaluate the situation and he determined that the best thing to do was send the Volunteers home. I returned home to New York in April 1998, after a three-day layover in Bangkok, just in time to re-enroll in the summer semester at Fordham University, from which I had taken a leave of absence to teach overseas. I only had one course left before having to take my comprehensive exams and graduating . . .

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