Society 16:09 03/11/2017 Armenia

Ambassador Richard Mills mourns loss of Peace Corps volunteer Hanna Huntley

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Richard M. Mills, Jr. has expressed his deepest regrets over the death of Peace Corps volunteer Hanna Huntley.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Peace Corps volunteer Hanna Huntley of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Like so many volunteers before her, Hanna was answering a calling. She came to Armenia eager to lend a helping hand, looking forward to building personal connections and bridges between our two nations. She served in Sevan as a Community Youth Development volunteer, providing much-needed support to her community and investing in young Armenians, the future of this country,” the Ambassador said in a post on Facebook.

The statement noted that Hanna shared her American experience and values with her Armenian host family, colleagues, friends, and community. In addition, just as importantly, she learned about Armenia and communicated her experience as a volunteer with her friends and family back home.

“I had the privilege of swearing Hanna in to Peace Corps service this past June. She raised her right hand and took the same oath that all public servants take – an oath I myself took many years ago. While my official title is “Ambassador,” I consider Hanna an ambassador as well. For many of the Armenian people she interacted with every day, and particularly for the youth at the Sevan Youth Club where she volunteered, and at the Bohem Tea House she helped open, Hanna was their first exposure to the United States. For them, Hanna Huntley was the United States: her actions, words, values, and the help she gave them were representative of our entire nation. She will leave a lasting, positive impression on her community in Armenia,” Mr. Mills concluded.

To remind, Hanna Huntley, a 2016 American University graduate serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia, died from an automobile accident in Armenia on October 31. 

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