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Peace Corps mum on death of Zachary Merrill
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|By bankass.com on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 5:18 pm: Edit Post|
This has really bothered me this weekend. I keep thinking of this guy. As you know readers, I went through my own problem with security and safety at my site in Mali. My village was Bankass. Bla is about 3 hours away, perhaps more, it has been along time since I looked on a map.
My worst suspicions came up in me. Since Peace Corps never investigated my situation carefully and I know the people who will be in charge of this investigation will come here to this web site. I would like to ask a few questions?
1. What was his direct hommelouges names or name?
2. Did he work for Affaire Sociale and who was supervisor there?
3. Are there guides in that village for tourists?
Have they been questioned? Who was with him regularly?
4. Please ask them if there were tourists from other countries in the village that day? People have passports and can be traced.
5. Are there other projects in that village from other countries such as Islamic countries like Libya?
6. Does the Spainish government have an approved project there?
7. Was the project he was working on controversial and if so to whom?
These are hypothetical suspicions on my part and based on my experiences. They may not have any relation to this young man and his circumtances.
I don't know if he passed from natural causes either. I am trying to offer my help and my experience.
INI Barake goes out to Zachary Merill. Which means you and your work.
Please give us a response soon.
God Bless to Zachary's family and girlfriend
Bankass, Mali 1988-89
|By bankass.com on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 8:03 pm: Edit Post|
I would like to put out some facts for people to know: These are the volunteers I know of who have died, been killed or are considered missing since 1996. My numbers maybe off and indivuals left out because I am unaware of their death. The increases in death, safety gliches, health care and attrition rates are becoming too much for us as former volunteers to watch. It is suspicious when a twenty three year old is found dead no matter where they are found.
The Following are the brave volunteers who have passed over the recent years
1. Nancy Coutu, Bow New Hampshire, Madagascar
2. Kevin Levielle, California, Ivory Coast
3. Elizabeth Bowers, Orgegon, Zambia
4. Susan Fagan, Ohio, Ghana
5. Larissa Jaffe, Utah, Zimbabwe
6. Walter Poirier,Massachusetts, Bolvia (missing)
7. Jang Lee, Uzbekistan, San Francisco, Ca.
8. Karen Phillips, Gabon, Philadephia
9. Brian Krow, Ukraine, California
10. Judith Pasmore, Lesotho, Oregon
11. Carlos Adamor, El Salvador, San Juan,Puerto
12. Kathyrn Macgillvary, Malawi,
13. Justin Bhansali, Guinea, Huntesville, Ala.
14. Jesse Thyne, Guinea, Pasadena, Ca.
15. William DiDiego, Ivory Coast, Greenwood, Sc.
16. Natalie Waldinger, Tanzania, Huntington, Ca.
17. Jennifer Rose, Malawi, Glenview, Ill.
18. Wyatt Pillsbury, Tanzania, Unity , Me.
19 John Bock,Phillipines, New York
20. Shelby Bond, South Africa
21. Thomas Longeran, Fiji
22. Eileen Longeran, Fiji
There may be more. These are all safety related death and an office of safety has helped, but implementing two volunteers at every site would reduce the risk to volunteers that is obviously out there. Was Zachary alone at his site, I am not sure?
The above are the facts and the recent writings on Safety, Health and Attrition Rates need a Congressional Hearing. The Peace Corps won't listen to its own. It is time before more tragedy happens for more families of volunteers who have died and also for volunteers who return with these type of issues who are abused by the Agency.
God Speed. I don't have my web site up any more so I wanted to at least make the facts be known.
|By Tom Goodwin on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - 10:03 am: Edit Post|
Metro Southwest News
Memorial service scheduled for Peace Corps volunteer
LAKE OSWEGO -- A memorial service for Zachary Merrill, a 23-year-old Peace Corps volunteer and Lake Oswego High School graduate, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Road, Lake Oswego.
Merrill had spent nearly two years working in the Peace Corps in a village of about 800 in Mali, the western African nation. A preliminary autopsy report released Tuesday found that he took his own life near his work site July 7.
Merrill, who grew up in Dunthorpe, attended Riverdale Grade School. He graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1997 and Northwestern University with a degree in journalism in 2001.
In the Peace Corps, Merrill had spent almost two years on projects such as building a community garden to fight malnutrition and digging wells. He recently had applied for a one-year extension to assist in "information technology."
I just saw this in the Oregonian
|By bankass.com on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 7:41 pm: Edit Post|
As I indicated above, twenty three Peace Corps have been killed, died or are considered missing since 1996. I was wrong. That number is 26 as far as I know.
These are fallen Honorable volunteers who have lost their lives during their service between the years 1996-2003.
1996- Kyrstin Scharninghausen, Charlestown, RI, Namibia, Auto Death Accident. There is a memorial fund set up through the Salamatu foundation for Kyrstin.
1997- Jeremy Rolfs, Glen View, Ill, Winburg, South Africa, Auto Accident.
1998- Victor Verloo, 64 of Sacramento, Ca. in Ukraine was stabbed to death.
I know the subject is not pleasant. But we need to remember and be perceptive in the future.
|By Donna (c-24-62-133-87.hsd1.ma.comcast.net - 18.104.22.168) on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 4:23 pm: Edit Post|
I would like to email you regarding some people on your list.