Peace Corps Suspends Niger Operations

A Peace Corps volunteer reads a children’s book in English to her Nigerien students. The U.S. Peace Corps has supended its work in Niger due to security concerns. Photo by: Peace Corps

The U.S. Peace Corps has suspended its aid operations in Niger and pulled out its workers from the country due to security concerns arising from the abduction and murder of two French nationals by al-Qaida-linked militants.

The work suspension is the first for the aid group since 1962, Reuters reports.

“The Peace Corps has suspended its activities and its volunteers (…) have already left the country,” an official at the U.S. embassy in Niamey told Reuters on Jan. 20.

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