The United States Embassy in Barbados has confirmed that U.S. Peace Corps volunteers have been removed from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The embassy, however, told iWitness News on Tuesday that the development is not linked to crime in SVG.
“They were not relocated because of the perceived ‘crime situation’,” Gaïna Dávila, acting public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, told iWitness News via email on Tuesday.
“They were relocated because of a potential specific safety concern,” Dávila said.
There have been claims on social media that the Peace Corps volunteers were removed from SVG because of the crime situation.
The Peace Corps is a volunteer programme run by the United States government.
The stated mission of the Peace Corps includes providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries.
The work is generally related to social and economic development. Each programme participant, a Peace Corps Volunteer, is an American citizen, typically with a college degree, who works abroad for a period of two years after three months of training.