Secretary of State John Kerry sent a powerful signal Tuesday to the people of war-torn eastern Congo by appointing former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) as the new U.S. special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region. Feingold’s appointment signals strong leadership from the Obama administration in supporting the peace process for Congo and the larger Great Lakes region. Grassroots women activists in Congo have been calling for President Obama to appoint a high-level envoy, because of his experience and knowledge of the region. Now, we can finally celebrate this stride toward peace in Congo.
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