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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»

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»

Remarks With Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the D.R.C. Russell Feingold And Founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative Ben Affleck
Secretary Kerry (Feb. 26):
"Just want to say how much I appreciate Senator Russ Feingold’s efforts with respect to the Great Lakes region, and I’m particularly grateful to Ben Affleck, who’s had a longtime engagement on this. He testified before us in the Senate. We worked on this issue for some period of time." Full Text»

Enactment of Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill
Secretary Kerry (Feb. 24):
"This is a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights. Ultimately, the only answer is repeal of this law. ... The signing threatens a dangerous slide backward in Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and a serious threat to the LGBT community in Uganda." Full Text»

Recent Attacks by Boko Haram
Secretary Kerry (Feb. 23):
"Unspeakable violence and acts of terror like the ones committed by Boko Haram last week in northern Nigeria are horrific, wrong, and have no place in our world. ... The people of northern Nigeria deserve to live free from violence and from terror." Full Text»

Central African Republic: Violence Against the Religious Community
Deputy Spokesperson Harf (Feb. 12): "We are deeply concerned by attacks on both Muslims and Christians. This violence, this cycle of violence, needs to stop. We, along with the French and the MISCA forces on the ground, are closely monitoring the situation." Full Text»

LiveatState on Africa
Secretary Kerry (Feb. 11):
"What is happening in Africa is so exciting overall. And we are really deeply engaged. And the President has instructed us to really try to light our fire under our efforts in – throughout the continent." Full Text»

U.S. Delegation to African Union Summit
Jan. 27:
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns led the U.S. delegation to the African Union (AU) Summit. The delegation included high-level officials from across the U.S. Government, including Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield. More»

Final Results of Madagascar's Presidential Election
Spokesperson Psaki (Jan. 18):
 "The United States welcomes the announcement of the final results of Madagascar’s presidential election. We commend the Malagasy electoral authorities for organizing a poll that reflects the will of the Malagasy people." Full Text»

Death of Rwandan Exile Patrick Karegeya
Spokesperson Psaki (Jan. 16):
 "Let me also say we are troubled by the succession of what appear to be politically motivated murders of prominent Rwandan exiles. President Kagame’s recent statements about “consequences” for those who betray Rwanda are of deep concern to us." Full Text»


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