Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hillary visits Congo

washington post

"The Congolese military has launched an offensive to take back eastern Congo from Rwandan rebels who have lived in the region for years. The operation has won support from the United States and United Nations. But human-rights groups say it has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes and has driven up the rate of rape, with soldiers often involved."

yahoo news

"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Monday for Congolese youth to lead nationwide protests against massive corruption and rampant sexual violence in the country's violence-torn east.

Clinton said she would press officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to address the issues. But she stressed that domestic outrage at graft and sexual assaults against women and girls was needed to help prod the government into action."


Lauren said...

did you see her reaction to the congolese student at the press conference when they asked her what bill thinks about all of this? classic. there's arguments on feministing over whether or not she was rude. most peeps are saying that since she has had to deal with questions like that for years and years, she's justified in being angry. part of me wishes she had handled it differently, the other part is gleeful that she didn't tiptoe. i am overall really appreciative that she is working to bring violence against women to the front of the world stage as an issue we should care about. ban ki-moon (un sec gen) just issued a proclamation about it the other day too.

i can has progress?

aaronchromelchlewis said...

I was dissapointed that her snapping became the story but not in her reaction which was totally justified. Ultimately it was just kind of a cultural blooper, but I think she reacted appropriately.
The media will always be coiled up waiting to pounce on any kind of genuine human moment Hillary has, but it could be for the best in this case if it provokes discussion instead of jokes.