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EX-PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS MEET
Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI)
Published on June 30, 2002
© 2002- Madison Newspapers, Inc.
Byline: Dakarai I. Aarons Wisconsin State Journal
The group of nearly 70 at the Memorial Union Lakeside Cafeteria
served in Afghanistan during the mid-1970s and early 1980s. They
came together once again not only to catch up, but to learn how
they could help restore the war-torn country to the place they once
"It's been frustrating because I couldn't do anything about it,"
said Terry Dougherty of Ft. Wayne, Ind., who served in Kabul from
1972 to 1975. "Now there is hope that we can make a contribution."
Former Peace Corp volunteer Randy Biggers of the U.S. State Department
said the United States would soon begin a program to bring Afghan
students and teachers to the United States for a cultural enrichment
program similar to one between the United States and countries in
the former Soviet Union.
Several at the dinner Saturday said they wanted to sign up to host
Susan Dugan of Reno Nev., was in Gruishk from 1973 to 1975 with
her husband Paul. They served as English teachers.
"I wish that they can build their country back to the way it was
when we were there, and I hope America can help," she said. "I don't
want them forgotten."
Erik Ibele and four other Madison-area former volunteers worked
for six months to put the event together.
Ibele, now a Madison lawyer, taught English to middle-school age
children while in Kandahar from 1973 to 1975.
Biggers read a statement by Ishaq Shahryar, Afghan ambassador to
the U.S., prepared for the occasion.
"Your continued interest is a treasured resource for us," the statement
read. "In this regard, we also trust that the Peace Corps
will soon be able to resume its excellent programs in Afghanistan."
Fond memories and concern for the future brought a group of former
Peace Corps volunteers together Saturday.