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Local Peace Corps volunteer involved in attack in Africa

November 23, 2010

EXETER – On Aug. 9, Exeter resident Jesse Coker left to begin a two year volunteer mission with the Peace Corps in Uganda, Africa but, only days after beginning his two-year stint, things took a turn for the worse when Coker found himself and others in a remote location with men with machine guns and machetes.
The incident happened just a day after Coker and 45 other Peace Corps trainees were officially sworn in to become volunteers. Coker, along with four other volunteers, had to travel six hours from the capital, Kampala, to the site where he was going to be staying.
“We had been delayed in leaving the capital and stopped numerous times for various things,” he said via email. “By the time we reached our district it was dark. I was the last volunteer to be dropped off. I was traveling with my work counterpart, Joshua and a driver from a local health center named Zefar.”
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