Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Clinton in Congo: "We're proud to help you"

If you want to read something moving and inspiring in terms of political leadership today, read this AP report on Hillary Clinton in the city of Goma in the Congo: "Clinton demands end to sexual violence in Congo." Continues to bring attention to this travesty and reorient the U.S. with the majority of the world community on international prosecutions:
"We believe there should be no impunity for the sexual and gender-based violence committed by so many – that there must be arrests and prosecutions and punishment," she said during a press conference with Congolese Foreign Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba in the eastern city of Goma.
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Clinton flew to came to Goma, the regional capital of war-pocked of the eastern Congo, aboard a U.N. plane over the objections of some top aides who worried about her security and logistics for the visit. Clinton is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the city, according to the State Department historian's office.

The United Nations has recorded at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence against women and girls in the region since conflict erupted in 1996, something Clinton deplored as "one of mankind's greatest atrocities" before she arrived.
Very moving interaction with the victims, on the ground assistance being provided and political muscle being applied. Instances like this make you think Hillary could end up being one of the great Secretaries of State.

Canada really should join in this effort instead of playing ideological games with the issue. If the present government won't, the next one should.