April 3, 2003 - Peace Corps Press Release: Peace Corps Suspends Program in Morocco

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By Admin1 (admin) on Thursday, April 03, 2003 - 8:07 pm: Edit Post

Peace Corps Suspends Program in Morocco

Read and comment on this Peace Corps Press Release that it has been determined that it would be in the best interest of Peace Corps volunteers to temporarily suspend the program in Morocco. PCOL previously reported on March 21 that Peace Corps Volunteers and Trainees in Morocco were being brought together at pre-arranged points throughout the country in consolidation. Yesterday a Morocco RPCV reported on our message boards that "As of today, April 2, 2003, volunteers *have* been evacuated from Morocco. I received an email from one of the evacuees today." Our sympathy to Morocco PCVs who have had to pack up and leave friends behind without saying good-bye and who will not be able to complete their service, but it is best to err on the side of caution in situations like this. Read the story at:

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Peace Corps Suspends Program in Morocco

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3, 2003 -- Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez today announced the temporary suspension of the Peace Corps program in Morocco.

Peace Corps volunteers in Morocco were consolidated on March 20 to allow Peace Corps staff in country and at headquarters in Washington, D.C. to evaluate the political and public climate in Morocco as a result of the events in Iraq. Peace Corps also offered volunteers the option of Interrupted Service for those who preferred not to continue their service.

“After a thorough assessment of safety and security issues it was determined that it would be in the best interest of the Peace Corps volunteers to temporarily suspend the program in Morocco. More over, the uncertainty of a date or time for the volunteers to return to their job sites has proven to be a disruption to the continuity of their work,” stated Director Vasquez.

The Moroccan government has been extremely supportive of Peace Corps volunteers and programs in their country and very attentive to the needs of the volunteers during these difficult times. The Peace Corps values the relationship that has been established for more than 40 years and looks forward to returning volunteers to Morocco in the near future. Peace Corps staff will continue to operate the Peace Corps office in Morocco.

Family members may make inquiries about Peace Corps/Morocco by contacting the Peace Corps’ Office of Special Services, which maintains a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week duty system. The telephone number during normal business hours is 1-800-424-8580, extension 1470. The after hours number is 202-638-2574. Special Services can also be reached via e-mail at ossdutyofficer@peacecorps.gov.
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By robert ( on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - 12:37 pm: Edit Post

It makes a lot of sense to stop helping, a regime such as theirs. If the political climate changes in Morocco, then start helping out again. Look at the problems in the whole area.

By melanie miller ( on Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 6:58 pm: Edit Post

What is the status of PCV in Morocco to date, Feb. 2012?

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