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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits SFCG youth program in Côte d’Ivoire

2012 January 18

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined SFCG's Côte D'Ivoire Country Director, Quentin Kanyatsi (right) and the Director General of CERAP, Reverend Hyacinthe Loua (left) at SFCG's Youth & Community Leader Roundtable on Reconciliation in Abidjan.

Everyone has a role to play in deciding whether the future will be peaceful or not.

~Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton

Secretary Clinton shared this thought during her visit to a Search for Common Ground youth project in Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday January 17th.

Youth perform a play for Secretary Clinton about the recent elections in Côte D'Ivoire

During her time in Côte d’Ivoire, Secretary Clinton met with President Ouattara and then proceeded to a gathering with SFCG’s Côte d’Ivoire country staff and the Ivoirian youth we have been working with there.  These young people are committed to healing the deep divisions in their country that became all too clear during the 2010 election and the crisis that followed it.

Secretary Clinton had the opportunity to watch a dramatic presentation by these young people as they shared how they had learned to use theater to help transform their emotional and social wounds into commitments to coexistence, non-violence, and reconciliation.

“Whether you are a president of a country, a minister or imam, a young man or a young woman, each person can decide whether to go on hating, or to begin living together and working together,” said Clinton.

Read more about Secretary Clinton’s visit and our work in Côte d’Ivoire here.

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