Saturday, March 24, 2012

Jim Yong Kim & Beatrice Munyenyezi

Who to believe, when the African government uses genocide memories as political tool?
Two stories coming out of New Hampshire this weekend that could impact the Rwanda narrative:
U.S. trips in Rwanda prosecution:
"Beatrice Munyenyezi's trial was part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the U.S. Department of Justice and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to prosecute and deport U.S. residents suspected of involvement in Rwanda's 100-day slaughter, 18 years after it ended. Only the government didn't succeed. "
Read the whole article here:
"a growing body of evidence suggested that the Rwanda's government is using genocide allegations to silence exiled political opponents and discourage defense witnesses from coming forward — as Munyenyezi did for her husband."
Tenacious disease-fighter ready to tackle World Bank:
"This is a man who's worked in squatter settlements, slums, villages, cities, prisons, he's done all that," Paul Farmer, a friend of 30 years and fellow co-founder of non-profit group Partners In Health, told Reuters in Rwanda"
 Jason McLure, from New Hampshire, who blogged about tenacious Ethiopian blogger Eskinder Nega in January, contributed to both reports. Dr. Paul Farmer, who also served as UN Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti,  can be seen in this interview on PIH. It's instructive to read this statement just hours after Obama made his announcement:
"He was widely praised by officials in the U.S. and overseas. Former President Bill Clinton, who advocated for Kim during Obama's selection process, said in a statement that the nominee was "an inspired and outstanding choice." Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Kim was "a true friend of Africa" and "a leader who knows what it takes to address poverty."

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