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  • Mary Parsaca
    Since most of you might wonder who is sending this message to Ujeni, let me introduce myself. I m Tana Beverwyk-Abouda s mom and an RPCV (Kenya 68 - 70.) Since
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 5, 2002
      Since most of you might wonder who is sending this message to Ujeni, let me introduce myself. I'm Tana Beverwyk-Abouda's mom and an RPCV (Kenya 68 - 70.) Since I visited Tana 3 times ( ! ) in Malawi and am interested in all things African, I've thoroughly enjoyed the news on this wire. Although my PC group stays remarkably connected, I wish we had such a vehicle.
      The following came from John Coyne who has spearheaded the campaign to defeat the  nomination of Gaddi Vasquez for PC Director. A good reminder of how PCV's touch lives around the world.
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 9:08 AM
      Subject: Why What We Do Is Important

      Nega Mezlekia, the Ethiopian author of the memoir, Notes From the Hyena's Belly, published in Canada in 2000, which won the Governor General's Award, that country's highest literary honor, has written another book, a novel, entitled, The God Who Begat a Jackal.
      In an interview published in the Jan/Feb 2002 issue of Poets & Writers, Nega talks about our relationship with Africa, saying at one point, "There is a reluctance on the part of the West to truly see what is happening in Africa. Expatriates [Ethiopians and other Africans] are hoping to raise a ruckus and shame the West into taking the right course. I hope readers in the West will see this [my book] as an exotic work and that it will stir their consciousness. There have been a few individuals in America, members of the Peace Corps, for example, who have made a difference to the plight of my  people. Individuals can make a difference. I hold on to that."
      That's what the Committee For the Future of The Peace Corps is trying to do. Raise a ruckus. It does matter what Americans do in Ethiopia, Africa, and everywhere else in the world. It does matter who is the director of the Peace Corps. We can take some pride in realizing that our individual work overseas has made a difference. Nega Mezlekia and others have noticed and appreciate our efforts. So, keep raising a ruckus. Keep on making a difference.
      John Coyne
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