2010.09.13: Peace Corps Volunteer "Rusty's Odyssey" writes: A special thank you must go out to the Lesotho Peace Corps Staff. Their incredible work has made this tragedy easier to handle.

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Lesotho: Peace Corps Lesotho : Peace Corps Lesotho: Newest Stories: 2010.09.04: Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer Thomas Maresco : 2010.09.05: Peace Corps Volunteer "Utterances of a Wise Fool" writes: I want to inform you of a tragedy in my life and the lives of every member of the PC/Lesotho Community : 2010.09.13: Peace Corps Volunteer "Rusty's Odyssey" writes: A special thank you must go out to the Lesotho Peace Corps Staff. Their incredible work has made this tragedy easier to handle.

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Peace Corps Volunteer "Rusty's Odyssey" writes: A special thank you must go out to the Lesotho Peace Corps Staff. Their incredible work has made this tragedy easier to handle.

Peace Corps Volunteer Rusty's Odyssey writes: A special thank you must go out to the Lesotho Peace Corps Staff. Their incredible work has made this tragedy easier to handle.

"They addressed and took care of all the logistics of getting every volunteer safely back to headquarters, feeding us, putting us up in various places for many nights, organizing a profound memorial for Tom Maresco, Jr., who, by the way, was only 24 years old and the only child of Mr. And Mrs. Maresco, and finally, having the foresight to have professional counselors available for all involved."

Peace Corps Volunteer "Rusty's Odyssey" writes: A special thank you must go out to the Lesotho Peace Corps Staff. Their incredible work has made this tragedy easier to handle.

Monday, September 13, 2010


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That same evening I received the tragic news that one of my fellow volunteers had been shot and killed in Maseru. My heart sank when I heard the story of his death. I joined my colleagues the next day and the mourning process began.

Hard, hard, hard.

A memorial service was held for him on Monday. I am back in Tabola now…happy to be back with the Basotho people I call family. They have been wonderfully supportive during this horrendous week.

I worry about my young colleagues. Most of them are having a lot of trouble coping right now. I know that time is a great healer, but I also know that time is slowly passing for all these volunteers. I know that none of us can "fix this mess"…but all of us wish, somehow, we magically could just make it all go away.

I must close by telling you that I am very proud of all the volunteers in Lesotho…especially my Ed. '10 group (of which Tom Maresco was a part).
We shall survive this.

A special thank you must go out to the Lesotho Peace Corps Staff.

Their incredible work has made this tragedy easier to handle.

They addressed and took care of all the logistics of getting every volunteer safely back to headquarters, feeding us, putting us up in various places for many nights, organizing a profound memorial for Tom Maresco, Jr., who, by the way, was only 24 years old and the only child of Mr. And Mrs. Maresco, and finally, having the foresight to have professional counselors available for all involved.

Thank you, Tabby, for your kind council.
I am still very proud to be a member of the U.S. Peace Corps.




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