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March-26-98

First Lady Laments Violence Against Women in Uganda

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed to grant $14.5 million for projects that would aid women’s leadership training, help children who have been abducted by rebels, and improve crop and economic security in Uganda. Clinton spoke of the U.S. government’s hope to help end the violence in Uganda, where 800,000 people were killed in ethnic wars in 1994. Clinton said, “We will work with you to build your country,” and, “We should stand up for the right of all persons to be fully human.”

Clinton also spoke about a meeting she had with the mother of a girl who was abducted by suspected rebels. She said, “There is no greater sin than to rape young girls and send them into slavery.”

Media Resources: Reuters - March 26, 1998


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