Just a little update for you all. I know I've explained to many of you the issues going on in Peace Corps, Mauritania. For those of you who don't know, I'll give you the brief summary.
- August 2008: There was a coup is.
- May/June: The Mauritanian government decided to stop giving visas to Americans.
- June: An American missionary was killed in the capitol by terrorists.
- June: Peace Corps decided not to send a new training class.
- July: Peace Corps decided to offer my training class "interrupted service", which basically meant we could end our service after our first year of service. Of our class of 70, 21 people decided to leave. I will be staying.
- July 21st: General Azizz, the leader of the coup, won the election.
Here is the main thing to remember. I am perfectly safe in Mauritania! If it weren't safe, we wouldn't be there. I know it may seem like it's not, but I am safer in Mauritania than I would be in any other Peace Corps country. Because Mauritanians don't drink alcohol, that means there are no drunk driving accidents, but more importantly, it means people in general are less aggressive than they would be elsewhere. Mauritanians are very passive people, and I've never felt unsafe in Kiffa.
Okay. That's all. Again, I had a great time with you all while I was in town. I'll see you next year!