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Date: 03/27/2013 Description: Official portrait: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources - State Dept Image

Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield leads the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, the division in the Department focused on the development and management of U.S. policy concerning the continent.  There are four pillars that serve as the foundation of U.S. policy toward Africa. Learn More»

A Comprehensive Multiyear Strategy To Counter the Lord's Resistance Army

The strategy outlines four key objectives for U.S. support: (1) the increased protection of civilians; (2) the apprehension or removal of Joseph Kony and senior LRA commanders from the battlefield; (3) the promotion of defections and support of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of remaining LRA fighters; and (4) the provision of continued humanitarian relief to affected communities. Fact Sheet»

Young African Leaders Presidential Summit

Secretary Kerry will provide welcoming remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 28, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. The three-day conference, July 28-30, will bring together 500 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders to meet with U.S. entrepreneurs, government officials, and civil society representatives. Notice to the Press» Social Media Kit»  More»

Travel to African Union Summit
June 25:
At the invitation of the African Union, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield led the United States delegation to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea in connection with the AU Summit. More»

#BringBackOurGirls: Addressing the Growing Threat of Boko Haram
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Jackson (May 15):
"Boko Haram has also retained its ability to target Abuja, as we saw with two recent bombings at the Nyanya bus depot outside the capital. And we’re concerned by the expansion of the group’s operations beyond Nigeria, including in Cameroon where it has also conducted kidnappings. The group is not just a Nigerian problem; it is a regional security problem." Opening Statement» Fact Sheet»

Live at State: U.S. Commitment to sub-Saharan Africa
Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield (May 14):
"We’re in the throes of planning for what will be a summer of Africa in Washington. We will be hosting the Young African Leaders Washington Fellowship program here in Washington from July 28 through 30. We have 500 amazing young people from across the continent who will be here for six weeks of training, and they will have the opportunity to engage with the President, engage with other leaders in the Washington area, and then return home to really show their leadership skills." Full Text»

U.S. Welcomes Agreement on South Sudan
Secretary Kerry (May 9):
"Today's agreement to immediately stop the fighting in South Sudan and to negotiate a transitional government could mark a breakthrough for the future of South Sudan. The hard journey on a long road begins now and the work must continue. We urge both leaders to take immediate action now to ensure that this agreement is implemented in full and that armed groups on both sides adhere to its terms." Full Text»

Abduction of Nigerian Girls by Boko Haram
Date: 05/07/2014 Description: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama holds a sign that reads ''#Bring back our girls'' referring to the Boko Haram-kidnapped girls of Nigeria. © White House Image May 8:
It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. Our thoughts and prayers are with the young girls who are victims of this horrendous kidnapping and their families. This tragedy has highlighted the fact that Boko Haram is a national threat. Read about how the U.S. is helping Nigeria in the search for those who were kidnapped. More»

Our Embassy in #Abuja is prepared to form an interdisciplinary team that could provide expertise on intelligence, investigations, and hostage negotiations, help facilitate information sharing, and provide victim assistance. It would include U.S. military personnel, law enforcement officials with expertise in investigations and hostage negotiations, as well officials with expertise in other areas that may be helpful to the #Nigerian Government in its response. More»

Date: 06/14/2012 Description: President's Young African Leaders Initiative Summit logo (PYALI) - State Dept Image Twitter Chat With the Young African Leaders Initiative Network
Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a Twitter chat Friday, May 9, to engage with members of the Young African Leaders Initiative Network and answer questions about his recent trip to Africa and U.S. policy in the region. Follow Secretary Kerry’s Twitter chat using the hashtag #YALICHAT on Twitter during the event or view highlights of the event on the YALI Network Facebook page. Questions can be submitted in advance via Twitter using #YALICHAT and @YALINetwork on Twitter. More»

Travel to Africa

Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.); and Luanda, Angola, on April 29-May 5 to encourage democratic development, promote respect for human rights, advance peace and security, engage with civil society and young African leaders who will shape the continent’s future, and promote trade, investment and development partnerships in Africa. Trip Page»

State Department #YALICHAT with Young African Leaders Goes Viral
Mar. 27:
Yesterday more than 12,000 people joined Under Secretary Richard Stengel (@Stengel) for the first in a series of live Twitter chats on the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Young African Leaders Network (YALN), briefly out-trending the ever popular hashtag #Beliebers worldwide. More»

Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of South Sudan
Mar. 25:
With this new funding, the United States humanitarian assistance is nearly $411 million dollars for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 to aid victims of the conflict in South Sudan, including internally displaced persons and refugees in South Sudan, as well as those South Sudanese who have fled to neighboring countries. More»


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