The Philippines: Farewell to the Peace Corps

Farewell to the Peace Corps

In its 29-year history, the Peace Corps has sent more workers to the Philippines, some 7,500, than to any other country. So it was more than a routine change last week when Washington suspended the program and flew all 261 current volunteers home. The reason: "very reliable" U.S. intelligence reports that insurgents of the communist New People's Army had targeted Peace Corps volunteers for attack.

^ Over the years, Peace Corps workers have been withdrawn from a handful of countries because of political unrest, but never before in the face of direct threats. Philippine officials said they knew of no specific...

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