Even volunteers who are raped cannot procure abortions, but a new bill could change that.
In 1994, I packed my bags and headed off to begin my two-year-and-three-months’ commitment as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, a tiny country completely surrounded by South Africa. It was a life-changing experience that forever shaped my views on the world and launched my career in global health and development.
During training, we received extensive information on how best to protect our health and safety. We were assured that in the case of an emergency, our government had our backs. I was told I’d be evacuated in the face of political violence. My health insurance would cover my hospital bills should I be hit by a bus or fall in a ditch or otherwise suffer any accidents on the job.