As Peace Corps volunteer she accepted her African assignment without any murmur or complaint. She knew what to do. She immersed herself way far into the ways, mores and traditions of her village assignment of Jukwa Krobo in order to gain the trust and confidence of the village folks.
Soon she won the hearts and cooperation of the village people, young and old alike. It was necessary and a must if she was to put up programs and projects successfully in order to effect change in the ways, mores and tradition of the village folks she was sworn to serve. In no time she gained their respect and was looked up to as an exceptional role model especially for the younger set of generation.
But, unluckily, misfortune took its toll. Dani or Danielle Dunlap, 25, of Atlanta a Peace Corps volunteer got sick and was reported and confirmed to have died in Ghana on Sunday.
Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet on the Peace Corps website gave the name of the deceased volunteer, while an spokeswoman for the US Embassy in Accra Zainab Mahama confirms that a Peace Corps volunteer has died in Ghana but failed to provide details.
Hessler-Radelet said that Danielle, known to her friends as Dani, was a widely respected and ambitious Peace Corps volunteer who was an exceptional role model for the youth of Jukwa Krobo. The entire Peace Corps family including the African village folks are grieving over her tragic loss.
Danielle Dunlap’s family said she was in the process of building a health clinic for villagers when her inevitable death occurs. Her aunt Elvenia Gibson said she went home on Christmas but didn’t bother to acquire gifts for herself, she wanted financial donations to build a clinic. Danielle’s grandfather. Dr. John Gibson said he received an email from her that she wanted to name the Ghana clinic after him
The website also said Dunlap arrived in Ghana in June 2011.
A fresh graduate of Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, she focused on HIV and malaria prevention.
I highly commend this Peace Corps Volunteer program of the United States of America. With this recent death of Peace Corps Volunteer Danielle Dunlop, I came to realize that from its inception up to this time, a time frame of 52 years, the program is very much alive and kicking. Digging and reading about the program, I came to compare the US Peace Corps Volunteer as a healthy tree that keeps growing strong as the years go by, with its branches and roots spreading far and wide
To President John F Kennedy for establishing the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961; Sargent Shriver, its founder and Visionary Father; Warren W. Wiggins, major architect and organizer of the Peace Corps, whom I consider pillars and to the more than 200,000 Americans who have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries, my heartfelt gratitude.
In my simple understanding, in general, the Peace Corps has brought peace, light, understanding, technology, education, sanitation, health, others to the farthest and darkest corners of the earth.
Sad to tell, here’s what happened to Peace Corps Volunteer JULIA CAMPBELL, 40, alone on her way to view the majestic Ifugao rice terraces more than 6 years ago on April 8, 2007.
Following is a reprint of the Inquirer’s news story:
Life in prison for killer of Peace Corps Volunteer
By Melvin Gascon/Inquirer
Justice came Monday for Julia Campbell, a Peace Corps volunteer who gave up a journalistic career in the United States to work with the poor in the Philippines but found death instead on a deserted mountain trail in Ifugao province.
A judge found 25-year-old woodcarver Juan Donald Duntugan, the lone suspect in the April 8, 2007, killing of Campbell in Batad village, guilty of murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
Duntugan, wearing a striped green shirt, showed little emotion. He immediately turned to his jail escort and thrust his hands for handcuffing after the decision was read out to him in English in open court.
But he sobbed as the verdict was translated in the Ifugao dialect.
“This is justice for Julia,” Prosecutor Reynaldo Agranzamendez told The Associated Press by telephone. “But justice can only compensate, it cannot bring her back to life.”
Judge Ester Piscoso-Flor of the Regional Trial Court also ordered Duntugan, a father of three, to pay the family of Campbell P39.7 million in actual, moral and exemplary damages.
The judge said Duntugan killed Campbell “with the use of treachery and abuse of superior strength” but that she could not impose the death penalty because it had been banned in the Philippines.
The 40-year-old Campbell, a volunteer English teacher in Albay province where she waded through floods to help victims of Supertyphoon “Reming,” was posthumously awarded the Order of the Golden Heart “for her dedicated service to the Philippines” by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo two months after she was murdered.
Campbell was bludgeoned with a rock on Easter Sunday last year while trekking alone in a mountain path in Batad village, about 10 kilometers from the town proper. Read More