Ambassador R. Barrie Walkley has been appointed as Representative to the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
The Dear Hillary Campaign for the Congo worked with other grass-roots activism groups to advocate for a US Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region. While a Representative is not at the level of an Envoy it is step forward in US engagement in the Congo.
As a result of the Dear Hillary Campaign’s advocacy Representative Walkley will visit Saint Michael’s College, where the campaign was founded, to discuss US involvement in the DRC.
Stay tuned to hear how you can get involved in the Campaign to let Representative Walkley and Secretary Clinton know that citizens of the United States are aware of the Conflict in the DRC and are calling for change.
Representative Walkley will be in Vermont March 21st to discuss his appointment as the U.S. Special Representative to the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
Location: Saint Michael’s College, Cheray 101 March 21st at 7p.m.
If you cannot attend:
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The Dear Hillary Campaign for the Congo met with Ambassador Verveer in December of 2010. The outcomes of this meeting were to create a public outcry. We will return to the State Department on April 8th.
Since war broke out in 1998, more than five million people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo and tens of thousands of women and girls have been raped and tortured. A cease-fire was declared in 2002, but foreign militias have continued to terrorize the Congolese population. We believe that ending the violence in East Congo, which is greater than any conflict since World War II, should be a foreign policy priority for the United States. As the most powerful woman in the world, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must use her influence to stop the suffering and slaughter. Specifically, the “Dear Hillary” Campaign calls for a U.S. Special Envoy to the Greater Lakes Region of Africa. The Dear Hillary Campaign for the Congo aims to create a public outcry to pressure Secretary Clinton and the United States to an active role in establishing peace and security in the DRC.