WASHINGTON — March 16 was supposed to be a normal Monday for the more than 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers stationed across more than 60 countries. But that morning, one email changed everything: For the first time in its nearly 60-year history, the Peace Corps was suspending all operations and evacuating volunteers as the coronavirus pandemic spread around the globe.Eight days later, by March 24, all Peace Corps volunteers had left their posts. The original plan had been to stagger departures over several days, but due to the ever-changing situation at borders around the world, volunteers ultimately had 48 to 72 hours from receiving the email before they were on flights home.A Peace Corps spokesman, Matthew Sheehey, said that the organization took action when it did “out of an abundance of caution to avoid a situation where volunteers would have been stranded overseas as borders and air space were shutting down.”Now, the returning volunteers find themselves in limbo, back in an America that they don’t recognize.Katie Fiorillo — a volunteer from Pennsylvania — had settled into her life working with a Ugandan nongovernment organization for almost two years, forming a farmers’ cooperative and helping residents with things like irrigation. She’d adopted


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