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Each Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Ethiopia and Eritrea came away with incomparable treasured memories. Some have written about those experiences to share with others.

    Nyle Kardatzke (Adi Ugri 62–64) remembers his friend and fellow PCV Bill Kerske (Adi Ugri, Asmara 62–64)

    "Working for Peace for 40 Yearsby John C. Rude (Tessenei, Adi Ugri 62–64) — reflections on Peace Corps service prompted by the 9/11 terrorist attacks and aftermath and originally published in the LA Times.

    NEW Jerry Knowles (Addis Ababa 63–65) returned to Ethiopia 12/23/03 to 1/4/04 with his wife and son. In "Ethiopia Revisited" he shares his observations.

    In February of 2003, Debre Zeit friends John Goulet (64–66), Scott Morgan (64–66), and John Kulczycki (63–65) and and his wife, Regina, made a trip back to Ethiopia. John K. has written about their experiences, and Scott shares some photos in "Going Back."

    "The Magic of Buna: A Ferengi's Healing Ritual in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan" by LaDena Schnapper (Dessie, Awassa 63–66)

    Wayne Kessler (Adi Teclesan 64–66) — inspired by Paul Theroux — tells of his and his wife Laurie's overland trip from Addis to the Kenyan border.

    "Lest the Event Becomes the Person: Bill Olson (Adi Ugri 65–66)" Recollections and reflections by Wayne Handlos (Addis Ababa 62–64)

    "Such Friends" celebrates John Wood's (Jimma 65–68) long-term friendships from Ethiopia.

    In " The Right Way of Growing Tomatoes" Karen DeWitt (Ghion 66–68) shares some of the lessons she learned as a PCV.

    Wondimu Mekonnen remembers his favorite teacher, Mike Brady (Metu, Harar 68-72)

    "Amongst the Gurage" by Michael Santarelli (Gura 70–73)

    "The Pink Eraser" by Kate Collins Faber (Arjo 95–97) tells of Kate's first days as a teacher in Arjo.

    "We Stand in Defense of America" is an essay by Abebe Kebede that originally appeared at Ethiolist. In it, Abebe reflects on Americans — and most especially his Peace Corps teachers in Assella — in light of 9/11/01

    At PeaceCorpsWriters.org there are two articles by Ethiopia RPCVs that deal with the tragic death of Bill Olson (Adi Ugri 65–66). One is a "Letter from Ethiopia" by Kathleen Coskran (Addis Ababa, Dilla 65–67) and the other a follow-up to that letter, "Remembering Gambella" by Steve Buff (Addis Ababa 64–66).

    Also with an article about the Ethiopia Peace Corps experience at PeaceCorpsWriters.org, is Kathleen Moore (Emdeber 64–66) who wrote of how routine the extraordinary life of a Peace Corps Volunteer can be.

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