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Edgewood native and University of New Mexico graduate Hallie Brown always wanted to join the Peace Corps. When she was accepted as a community health facilitator in the Gambia, a small country on the northwest coast of Africa, she began living her dream.
But on March 15, the Peace Corps suspended global operations and ordered all 7,000 volunteers to return home. It was a first for the organization, which last had a large evacuation – of about 350 volunteers – during the Ebola outbreak of 2014.