BBC Africa: Escaping Boko Haram: How Three Nigeria Girls Found Safety.


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Escaping Boko Haram: How three Nigeria girls found safety

 

The story of three Nigerian girls who escaped Boko Haram

For six months the world has waited for news of the fate of more than 200 girls abducted by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. As the Nigerian government insists a deal to release the “Chibok girls” is being negotiated, three girls who escaped their captors have told their story to BBC Hausa.

Lami, Maria and Hajara were at school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria, when they were kidnapped in April. Best friends Lami and Maria escaped by jumping from the back of a truck. Hajara was taken to a camp but later fled with another girl.

 

To protect the girls’ identity we have portrayed their story as an animation, and provided an edited transcript of their account below.

 

The girls’ names have been changed for their protection.

 

Animation by Luis Ruibal.

 

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Lami: It was Monday night. We had exams the following day. Then we started to hear shootings in the town. So we went out. We phoned our parents to tell them what was happening in the town. They told us to run away when we got the chance. We told them that the town was already surrounded so there was no way we could run.

 

Maria: Lami woke me up saying: “Maria didn’t you hear what’s happening? Haven’t you heard sounds of shooting from the town?”

 

I said we should climb the wall and run away. She said: “No. No-one has run away. We should gather in one place and wait to see what’s going to happen.”

 

Other girls said nothing would happen to us. “We’re girls. They don’t do anything to girls. We should wait and see what God would do.”

 

Lami: We were at the school when suddenly three Boko Haram members entered.

 

They said: “If any of you attempt to leave we’ll kill all of you.” When we went out they were everywhere. They gathered us where we have our school assembly. As we were there they kept burning the school. They burnt everything.

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Hajara: They asked us to get out of the gate, saying that when we were out they would let us go back to our homes. They said whoever did not have a headscarf or shoes should go and get them. They then asked us to climb on to a lorry, on top of the food loaded in it. The lorry was so high that we couldn’t easily climb on.

 

Maria: They said to us: “You’re only coming to school for prostitution. Boko (Western education) is haram (forbidden) so what are you doing in school?”

 

We kept quiet. I think there could have been about 100 Boko Haram members – they were all over the school. They outnumbered us. They took us away in their vehicles. We were sitting on oil drums in the vehicle. Our vehicle was really overloaded. We were saying to one another that we should throw away our shoes and scarves so that if our parents came they would know the road we had taken.

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Hajara: The vehicle became full before I could get on. There were about 100 of us walking. We stopped at one town and people brought us water. I saw one of those who brought us water changed his clothes and joined the Boko Haram men. They then put us in other vehicles.

 

They put the rest in the boots of cars. Some of the Boko Haram members were so small that if I were to grab their necks I could break them. Some couldn’t even carry their guns properly.

 

Maria: We were wondering where we were being taken to. When we entered the vehicle, Lami said to me: “Shouldn’t we jump out of the vehicle here so that we may possibly escape? There are no other vehicles close by.”

 

Hajara: I thought, it’s preferable to have these people shoot me as I run than have them humiliate me. They kept saying to us: “Make sure you put on your scarves. Make sure you put on your scarves. We’ll shoot any girl we see without a scarf. And any girl who jumps out will die.”

 

I was about to jump out when one girl held me back and said they’d shoot me if I did.

 

“What’s the difference,” I said. “Is it not to the same death we’re going? They should shoot me here and let my corpse be collected.”

 

I was crying and praying until we reached the camp.

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Lami: There was a lot of dust on the road, they couldn’t see us. When we jumped out, we started to run. We were running without shoes. We found other people. We started to run away from them thinking they were Boko Haram. But they too had run from the town.

 

Hajara: Boko Haram gathered us in a forest around noon. Some of the girls were tired and were lying down. But I couldn’t lie down. The spirit of God was asking me to go. It was telling me: “Get up and go. Get up and go.”

 

So I went. Another girl followed me. When we were going I saw some of them [Boko Haram members] performing ablutions. We stooped as if we were trying to pull out thorns from our shoes, as if we were just going to wee. We’d walk a little then bend down for a little while as if we were looking for something we’d lost.

 

After walking for a while they couldn’t see us properly since it was forest. We then started to run. After we had run for a short distance, we heard them saying “catch those girls.” We kept running. Whether they came after us not, we didn’t know.

 

Hajara: We kept going and our shoes were ripped. We found a house, where a girl could speak Hausa. Her parents gave us a place to sleep. We reached the Chibok area in the morning. A man looking for a relative among the missing girls drove us on motorbike into town.

 

When I saw my elder and younger brothers, I fell to the ground crying. My mother and father were crying and all members of my family cried. Before I reached home it was as if there was a death in the house. Mats were spread. People were consoling my father and mother thinking that I had died.

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Lami: The people we met said: “Your town is far away. You can’t go there now. Come here and wait until morning when we’ll take you into the town to get transport back home.” We stayed there till morning when they asked us to get up so that we go to the town. We couldn’t walk. Our feet were full of thorns.

 

They said: “Let’s go find a vehicle to take you home.”

 

Maria: The men who helped us took us to Chibok, and I cried. It was the second time that something like that had happened to me. My dad was a pastor; Boko Haram went to our house and killed him. They also shot my mum in the stomach; they gave her 2,000 Naira ($12) to have the bullet.

 

Lami: My parents warmed up water and cared for my feet. I was taken to the hospital and it was two weeks before I could stand up.

 

Maria: I continued to live with the thought that Boko Haram members were coming to get me. I couldn’t sleep.

 

Hajara: I was having nightmares every day. There was even a day when I dreamed that they gathered all of us who fled in one place, and said to us: “You girls have defied us and fled. We’re now going to burn you alive.”

 

I haven’t forgotten about the other girls who are still in the hands of those people. I keep praying for them.

 

Lami: God will never make us meet these people again. And for our sisters who are still in the forest, may God help them. And may the whole world cry out for these girls to get out so that we continue with our education in school again.

 

Maria: They should pray to God to forgive them their sins. I’d also ask them to bring back the girls they have kidnapped because their parents are in distress. Some of the parents of the girls have already died. It was the thought of their girls that killed them.

 

Hajara: God will do what he wills, but I don’t want to look at them because of what they have done to my life. They think they’ve ruined me, but God willing, they haven’t ruined me. I’ll continue with my education.

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 Who are Boko Haram?

 

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  • Founded in 2002
  • Initially focused on opposing Western education – Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language
  • Launched military operations in 2009 to create Islamic state
  • Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria – also attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja
  • Some three million people affected
  • Declared terrorist group by US in 2013

 

Who are Boko Haram?

 

Profile: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

 

Will ‘truce’ with Boko Haram free Chibok girls?

 

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The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign

 

Published on May 9, 2014

All across the globe a campaign has started using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. Be a part of this magnificent effort to bring the kidnapped Nigerian girls home. Make your own sigh and post it on social media today.

 

 

 

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Published on May 5, 2014

The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country’s government, according to a video released Monday. Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

 

 

 

#BringBackOurGirls Worldwide Protest

 

Published on May 7, 2014

Images of people the world over weeping and protesting for the return of 276 young girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school. #BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters #276

 

 

 

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Who is 100 Women for?

I don’t know her name, because she lives in a remote village in India – or was it Afghanistan? She’s not a politician – nor will she ever be. She does not seek publicity, or wear shoes that cost more than a Bangladeshi worker will earn in 10 years. But hopefully one day she or her daughter will break free from male-dominated society and carve out a living as a small-scale businesswoman.

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BBC News Africa: Nigeria’s Boko Haram Abducts More Women And Girls.

 

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Dreams for Africa

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

In July 2014, 500 extraordinary young entrepreneurs, public servants and civic activists from across Africa came together for the Mandela Washington Fellowship program to discuss the future of their countries and their continent. Listen to their dreams for Africa.

 

 

 

A Conversation with The First Lady and Mrs. Laura Bush

 

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Dr. Jill Biden Speaks on Creating Opportunities for Young Women Leaders

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

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President Obama Participates in the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

President Obama takes part in the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session on investing in Africa’s Future. August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Holds a Press Conference at the U.S.-African Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

President Obama holds a press conference where he answers questions and gives an update on the U.S.-African Leaders Summit. August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Business Forum

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Investing in Women, Peace, and Prosperity

 

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Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett moderates the “Investing in Women, Peace, and Prosperity” Signature Event during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 4, 2014. More information is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-l….

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Open Markets – Enhancing the Africa of Tomorrow

 

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Session on “Open Markets – Enhancing the Africa of Tomorrow” at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum in Washington, DC on August 5, 2014. More information is available athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-l….

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Combating Wildlife Trafficking

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

U.S. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli moderates the “Combating Wildlife Trafficking” Signature Event during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 4, 2014.

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Images.

 

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The Story Behind Dr. Jill Biden’s Wax Print Dress At Last Night’s White House Dinner.


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The Story Behind Dr. Jill Biden’s Wax Print Dress At Last Night’s White House Dinner.

 

Story by Washington Post & Helena Andrews:

 

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Jill Biden and Vice President Biden at the White House on Tuesday August 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

When it comes to the collective hand-wringing of who wore what at the White House, the second lady often takes a well-worn backseat to the first. Not so on Tuesday.

 

At last night’s White House dinner in honor of the U.S.-Africa Leaders summit, Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, wowed in a turquoise wax print dress custom-designed in Congo. The choice–bold, colorful, diplomatic–was, of course, intentional.

 

“For me, the fabric and style of this dress embodies the beauty and strength of the women I met throughout my visit to Africa last month,” Jill Biden said.

 

In July, she took a week-long trip to Africa with stops in Zambia, Congo, and Sierra Leone, highlighting female empowerment, education and economic development. In Congo, Biden met sewing shop owner Madame Monique Gieskes, 53, a group director for Vlisco, the wildly popular Dutch wax print fabric brand coveted by women throughout Africa.

 

Gieskes trains women, many of whom have been the victims of gender-based violence, to become tailors and eventually run fashion-based businesses of their own. After meeting Gieskes, Biden decided what she would wear to the White House dinner.

 

Later that evening Biden took a tour of the Vlisco flagship store that Gieskes runs.

 

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“The first thing I noted was how amazed she was with the different colors we had. It was like fireworks, so many colors,” said Gieskes in a phone interview from her shop in Kinshasa, the capital Congo.

 

She eventually steered Biden toward a “turquoise blue that would fit her complexion.”

 

With the biggest decision made, the shop then took Biden’s measurements and the dress was ready at 10 a.m the next morning to make the 6,500-mile trip back to Washington.

 

“It can take three to four days usually, but we knew she was leaving the next day,” explained Gieskes, adding that a seamstress volunteered to work through the night.

 

The dress, added Gieskes, sent a powerful message to the “underprivileged and talented” women she works with.

 

“A woman anywhere in the world, you see–no matter the continent, no matter the color–what she chooses to wear is supporting what another woman is doing in her country,” said Gieskes.

 


Follow more of the big dinner’s news here from Lionel Richie’s pseudo-African song lyrics to what 1600 Penn. will have on the menu.

 

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Travels in Africa with Dr. Jill Biden

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

In July 2014 Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden led a delegation to Zambia, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone to meet with leaders and discuss education and women’s empowerment. On the trip she was joined by USAID Administrator Raj Shah. Hear them discuss their experiences and the significance of this visit.

 

 

 

Dr. Biden Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

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Dr. Jill Biden Speaks on Creating Opportunities for Young Women Leaders

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

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White House Schedule – August 6, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will deliver remarks and participate in the first Leaders Session of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, “Investing in Africa’s Future.” There will be pooled press coverage of this event at the State Department.

 

In the afternoon, the President will take an official family photo with leaders. There will be pooled press coverage of this photo.

 

Afterward, the President will participate in “Leaders Session Two: Peace and Regional Stability.” This event is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in “Leaders Session Three: Governing the Next Generation.” There will be pooled press coverage of this event.

 

Afterward, the President will hold a press conference. This press conference is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

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White House Schedule – August 6th, 2014

 

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Tuesday, August 6th 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: The President delivers remarks and participates in Session One: Investing in Africa’s Future.

 

12:05 PM: The President participates in a family photo with leaders.

 

12:30 PM: The President participates in Session Two: Peace and Regional Stability.

 

2:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at a meeting on legal access for unaccompanied immigrant children.

 

2:30 PM: The President participates in Session Three: Governing the Next Generation WATCH LIVE.

 

5:00 PM: The President holds a press conference WATCH LIVE.

 

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Leaders Sessions
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10:00 AM – President Obama Delivers Remarks and Participates in Session I: Investing in Africa’s Future

12:05 PM – President Obama Participates in a Family Photo with Leaders

2:30 PM – President Obama Participates in Session 3: Governing the Next Generation

5:00 PM – President Obama Holds a Press Conference

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Spousal Program Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Laura Bush, and the Bush Institute
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Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM – A Conversation between Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bush Moderated by Cokie Roberts

11:35 AM – Dr. Biden Speaks on Education: Creating Opportunities and Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders

2:30 PM – Public Private Partnerships: Fostering Women’s Economic Participation and Promoting Healthy Lives Through Technology and Training

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Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks – August 6th, 2014

 

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President Obama Delivers Remarks at a Dinner for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Videos Of Events….The Final Day.

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Leaders Sessions

 

Started on Aug 6, 2014

African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.

Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM ET – President Obama Delivers Remarks and Participates in Session I: Investing in Africa’s Future

12:05 PM ET – President Obama Participates in a Family Photo with Leaders

2:30 PM ET – President Obama Participates in Session 3: Governing the Next Generation

5:00 PM ET – President Obama Holds a Press Conference

Find additional information at http://wh.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

 

 

 

Spousal Program Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Laura Bush, and the Bush Institute

 

Started on Aug 6, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM ET – A Conversation between Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bush Moderated by Cokie Roberts

11:35 AM ET – Dr. Biden Speaks on Education: Creating Opportunities and Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders

2:30 PM ET – Public Private Partnerships: Fostering Women’s Economic Participation and Promoting Healthy Lives Through Technology and Training

Find additional information at
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“The Right to be Counted”: A New Generation Leaders of a Unified Generation

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

President Obama and the First Lady attend a celebration of the Special Olympics in which new leaders of a unified generation call for a more respectful and inclusive society.

 

 

 

DREAMer on Confronting Steve King and Rand Paul: ‘You Don’t Run Away’

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

DREAMer: GOP needs to stop listening to Steve King
Erika Andiola, co-director of the DRM Action Coalition, joins José Díaz-Balart to talk about her recent confrontation with Rep. Steve King over his stance on immigration reform.
Undocumented immigrant Erika Andiola responded to a viral Internet video Wednesday that appeared to show Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) dashing away from her as she confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on his immigration position.

 

 

 

Second Ebola patient Nancy Writebol arrives at Atlanta hospital

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

American Ebola patient Nancy Writebol arrived for treatment at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital after traveling from Liberia on Tuesday. Writebol now joins Doctor Kent Brantly who is also being treated for the disease.

 

 

 

Hillary Clinton makes fun of herself on ‘The Colbert Report’

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton poked fun at herself on an unannounced visit to “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday night.

 

The former secretary of state, who has been on a two-month tour to promote her book “Hard Choices,” joked with Stephen Colbert in a scripted segment about the amount of name-dropping in her book and her regular use of diplomatic language.

 
“Madame, it is not just your name-dropping that I call into question, I question your title,” Colbert said. “There aren’t any real hard choices in here.”

 

 

 

#CongressInOneWord

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

John King, Manu Raju and Todd Zwillich look at a “word cloud” that asked users to sum up the U.S. Congress it one word.

 

 

 

President Obama/Vice Presidetn Biden Speak at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

“A Good Partner, an Equal Partner, and a Partner for the Long Term”

 

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to a crowd that included 50 African leaders, at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C. The Business Forum was part of the historic three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit — the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government.

 

The President highlighted Africa’s impressive economic growth, and made clear that America will be a partner in its success — “a good partner, an equal partner, and a partner for the long term.”

 

Watch the President’s remarks, and see how the U.S. is boosting economic ties with Africa.

 

“I want Africans buying more American products. I want Americans buying more African products.”

 

 

Vice President Biden also spoke at the the Business Forum today, describing the strengthening relationship between the United States and Africa and highlighting the economic progress across the African continent.

 

“The question is no longer what we can do for Africa, but what we can do with Africa,” the Vice President said. This represents an important and exciting shift in the dynamic between the United States and its African partners — and provides a look into our relationship with many African states moving forward.

 

 

“It’s never, ever been a good bet to bet against America,” the Vice President noted. “And America is betting on Africa.”

 

Vice President Joe Biden gives remarks to the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in Washington, D.C., August 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden gives remarks to the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in Washington, D.C., August 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Climate Change Makes Sustainable Development Crucial to Africa

 

This week, more than 40 heads of state and government from across Africa are joining President Obama in Washington for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Since 2000, the continent has seen enormous progress. Rates of extreme poverty and hunger are down. The number of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa dropped by almost 40 percent between 2001 and 2012. Access to education and health care is on the upswing.

 

As a result, Africa today is a continent of opportunity. Six of the 10 fastest-growing economies are on the African continent, driven by a rising middle class and a generation of optimistic young people. By 2035, the continent will have a working-age population bigger than that of China or India.

 

This is the time for the United States and African leaders to look beyond the crises of the moment to the opportunities the next 10 to 15 years have in store — which is why the theme of this week’s Leaders Summit is “Investing in the Next Generation.”

 

A key part of that agenda hinges on helping African nations develop sustainable economies whose future growth is not constrained by the threat of climate change and environmental degradation. That’s why the Leaders Summit highlights the ways that the United States and Africa are partnering to address both the drivers and impacts of climate change.

 

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John Podesta: “The Cost of Inaction”

 

Today, John Podesta, Counselor to the President, sent the following message to the White House email list. Want to be on the list? Sign up for updates.

 


 

The facts are in. The science is definitive. The question is no longer whether climate change is happening, but whether we can afford not to act.

 

In the western United States, changes in our climate are fueling wildfire seasons that are longer and more intense — putting people, communities, and businesses at risk.

 

As we’re seeing right now, wildfires unquestionably have devastating impacts on the lives of many Americans. This weekend, California declared a state of emergency as two major wildfires scorched acres of land, threatening towns and forcing many to evacuate. These are just two of the 14 fires that are currently burning throughout the state.

 

Make no mistake: The cost of inaction on wildfires and climate change is too high a price for Americans to pay, particularly when we have a chance to address this right now.

 

Watch as President Obama’s Science Advisor Dr. John Holdren breaks down exactly why this is a problem that we must meet head-on — and pass it along to someone who needs to see it.

 

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The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.

 

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Susan E. Rice: Previewing the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

United States national security Advisor Susan E. Rice previews the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit where President Obama will welcome nearly 50 African heads of state to Washington, as well as leaders from across Africa’s civil society, private sector and faith communities.

 

 

 

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President Obama Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

President Obama addresses the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum on August 5, 2014.

 

 

 

The Vice President Delivers Remarks to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden addressed the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum on August 5, 2014.

 

 

 

Dr. Biden Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden speaks during a luncheon at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. August 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Vice President Biden Address the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Civil Society Forum in Washington, D.C. on August 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden delivers remarks to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on resilience and food security in a changing climate

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Videos Of Events

 

Streamed live on Aug 5, 2014

U.S.-Africa Business Forum

The U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies will co-host the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a day focused on strengthening trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa.

Schedule of Events:
9:00 AM – 11:50 AM Moderated Sessions
1:45 PM – 2:10 PM Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM President Obama Delivers Remarks

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 4, 2014

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate

The “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate” Signature Event will highlight three critical and interrelated areas in the U.S-Africa relationship: food security, climate change, and resilience.

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 4, 2014

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Civil Society Forum

The “Civil Society Forum” Signature Event will bring together U.S. and African government leaders, members of African and U.S. civil society and the diaspora, and private sector leaders.

8:30 AM – Civil Society Forum Panel
10:00 AM – Secretary of State Kerry Addresses the Forum
11:50 AM – Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 5, 2014

African Leaders Arrival to the White House

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 5, 2014

President Obama and the First Lady Host a Dinner for the U.S.-African Leaders Summit. Live from the White House.

 

 

 

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8/5/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

August 4th – 5th 2014: U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Photos of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and Mrs. Marieme Sall, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. [Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon]

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and Mrs. Marieme Sall, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. [Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon]

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Day Three

 

AUGUST 6

 

Summit Leader Meetings
African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in three action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.

 

Leader Session I – Investing in Africa’s Future
The opening session will discuss inclusive, sustainable development, economic growth, and trade and investment.

 

Leader Session II – Peace and Regional Stability
A working lunch centered around shared concerns regarding peace and security, including a discussion of long-term solutions to regional conflicts, peacekeeping challenges, and combating transnational threats.

 

 

Leader Session III – Governing for the Next Generation
This session will allow for a candid conversation about the greatest challenges and opportunities for Africa’s continued political and economic progress and a specific focus on governance. This session will focus on how to enhance governance in order to deliver services to citizens, attract and prepare for increased domestic and foreign direct investment, manage transnational threats, and stem the flow of illicit finance.

 

 

Leader Press Conferences

 

Spousal Program

On August 6, First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

 

 

Media

Media representatives wishing to cover the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and related events and/or to get access to the Media Center must apply to receive a credential. For more information on media and the online accreditation system, please go to the Working Media Credential Application page.

 

Any media-related questions should be directed to the U.S. Media Coordinator’s Office, at AfricaSummitMedia@state.gov.

 

Side Events

In order to leverage the presence in Washington, D.C. of so many African leaders as well as the intense interest in U.S.-Africa ties that the Summit has engendered, a number of non government actors – the private sector and non-profit organizations — are organizing events along the margins to coincide with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

 

 

YALI

YALI / Young African Leaders Initiative / logo

 

President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010 to support young leaders with opportunities and resources. Through YALI, the United States is committing significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, with the United States, and with the American people. Investing in the next generation of African leaders is critical to ensuring the success of Africa’s democracies and its economies.

 

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the exchange program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program brings over 500 young leaders to the United States each year, beginning in 2014, for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring. It also creates unique opportunities in Africa, through internships and follow-on opportunities, to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions. To be part of the YALI Network, follow @YALINetwork on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

 

For more information on YALI, please visitYoungAfricanLeaders.state.gov.

 

Stay Engaged

 

Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases – August 5th, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam of Mauritius

 

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

FACT SHEET: The Doing Business in Africa Campaign

 

FACT SHEET: Powering Africa: Increasing Access to Power in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

Expected Attendees at Tonight’s U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit Dinner

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

 

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