Look who stopped by the Department of State today! Ben Affleck came to chat about the Great Lakes region of Africa and the Eastern Congo Initiative with Secretary Kerry. Secretary Kerry’s dog Ben just couldn’t resist meeting his favorite actor.
In response to the political crisis in South Sudan and the deeply troubling violence in Jonglei state, on July 24, the White House hosted NGOs and advocacy groups to discuss the situation and confer on how the United States — in concert with partners and allies around the world — can help end the violence and support South Sudan’s democratic development.
At the meeting, National Security Staff Senior Director for Development and Democracy Gayle Smith, Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights Steve Pomper, and I invited advocates and humanitarian workers to exchange information on the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Jonglei, and explore ways we can work together to raise awareness and address it. MORE