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Local Man Returns Home Due to Ebola Crisis in Africa

Updated: 08/03/2014 7:33 AM
Created: 08/02/2014 9:06 PM KAALtv.com
By: Meghan Reistad

(ABC 6 News) -- The West Africa Ebola outbreak has sickened more than 1,300 people and killed more than 700 this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 339 deaths have occurred in Guinea, alone. Now, the Peace Corps is getting all volunteers out of the country.

Geoff Delperdang is currently living in Guinea as a volunteer with the Peace Corps. He’s been in Africa for a little over two years, working as a teacher and building his village’s first library. 

"So actually they had to make the bricks and dry the bricks and lay them out... They didn't have a library, they don't have text books. They work strictly from the chalk board," said Geoff’s Mother Judy Delperdang.

Recently, Delperdang found out her son will be coming home, sooner than expected.

"Ebola has been in Guinea since March, but it's spreading and they don't have a handle on it. To keep everybody safe they're sending the volunteers home," said Delperdang.

Delperdang said she understands her son’s disappointment.

"He's just been frustrated that he's not been able to bring closure to his project," said Delperdang."Nobody goes into the Peace Corps thinking, 'Oh I'll be safe.'"

However, she also knows the West Africa Outbreak is now the largest in history.

"The peace corps has done wonderful things keeping them safe, so I don't fault them at all for how they've handled any of this," said Delperdang.

It’s an unexpected way for Geoff Delperdang to end his service.

"When you have a project and you're this close to finishing, you need closure," said Delperdang.

Fortunately, Geoff Delperdang will soon start a new teaching opportunity in Paris this September. His time abroad is, likely, just beginning.

"I don't expect to see him staying in this country," said Delperdang.

At this time, the Peace Corps is not releasing when volunteers will be allowed back to West Africa.

Geoff Delperdang of Clear Lake, IA is currently living in Guinea as a volunteer with the Peace Corps. He has been in Africa for a little over two years, working as a teacher and building a village's first library.


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