Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Out-gunned soldiers avoid confronting enemy
We went on the road today with African Union peacekeepers in Darfur, Sudan ... you know, those 7,000 ill-equipped and undermanned troops who are supposed to police an area the size of Texas.

The United Nation's top diplomat in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, told us that some of the units have to cook their own food. How are you supposed to keep the peace when you're worrying whose turn it is to cook? They're also seriously under-equipped in terms of firepower. And the few helicopters they have don't even have enough fuel to fly troops in and out of difficult-to-reach places, the UN's top man told us. And this is their mandate: Shoot ONLY if shot at -- this in one of the most lawless and unforgiving regions on earth.

Well, we were about to find out just how undermanned and ill-equipped they are on this day. We were on patrol with them to a town called Tawiya, recent scene of heavy fighting that forced more than 15,000 civilians to flee their homes. Add that to the roughly 2.5 million internally displaced people, a polite term for refugees in their own country.

Halfway into the trip, the radios started crackling (at least they have radios). There was trouble up ahead and they had to turn back and avoid a confrontation like they had a couple of weeks ago when nearly a dozen of them were killed in a gun battle with anti-government forces. Imagine what this does to morale. Battle-hardened soldiers forced to turn back because the "bad guys" up ahead are better equipped. It' enough to demoralize any troops, and these African Union troops are fast getting demoralized.

The bottom line, their commander told me: He needs twice as many troops, plenty of logistics support, lots of harware and free access to the air, something the Sudanese government is completely opposed to. And to think that these are the soldiers that stand in the way of Africa's second genocide in a little over a decade. They don't appear to stand a chance.
Posted By Jeff Koinange, CNN Africa Correspondent: 4:36 PM ET
  42 Comments
Jeff - thank you for being in such a dangerous place in order to bring the rest of us this important news. Stay safe.
Posted By Anonymous Nicki, Calgary, Alberta : 4:58 PM ET
If the African nations want to kill each other off and keep fighting any outside help, then let them. When all the people of Dufar are dead they will have no one to control. Why not focus on all the people being killed along the U.S./Mexico boarder from illegal activities, i.e., Larado's sheriffs. We should be more ashamed of what is happening in our own backyard now!
Posted By Anonymous Mike, Rolling Meadows, IL : 5:11 PM ET
Hello Jeff~
It all sounds so perilous and hopeless. How can Darfur and Sudan obtain more equipment and more African Union peacekeepers? Having only 7000 to police an area the size of Texas is an impossible task. You sound understandably discouraged so please tell us what can be done to improve this situation? What action does their government need to take? What do we need to do? Hang in there Jeff. Exposing the alful and bitter truth is the only recourse to change and peace. Many of us are watching, listening, and learning about the important message you and 360 are bringing. Keep going for the people of Sudan and Darfur. I still have hope. God speed~
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 5:18 PM ET
It appears to me there will be no miracle those Darfur or Goma as long as the rebels, "governments" and renegades are running free. I did a little research and learned that civil war has been a way of life for many decades. It does little good to elect, appoint or install a leader, because chances are he will be assassinated, sometimes the next day. They had a peace agreement ready to go and only one party signed it? Not very promising, however, it can't simply be let go.

Where are these people expected to go? You can only back up so far. Chad is crammed full and I understand some of the camps are "better" than the settlement.

The way DRC is set up there's no way of getting any supplies in. Even then it would be pilfered as soon as it hit the ground. This sounds to me quite like penning an animal, shooting it with deadly force, then bragging about your kill. Who is doing the mining now? Guess they haven't realized yet that when everyone capable of working is dead, they will have to work the mines themselves. Who's going to be the first to turn his back on the terror behind him?

Rape? As many as twenty on some days? Trust me, I have a perfect solution for that. No, not death. A warm body is always needed in war. Let's just say, let them suffer, a "little" at a time.

I can call, I can write, I can talk face to face, but I can do no more than that. Yes, you do wonder sometimes if you make a difference. You do, all of you. Stop and see how long it would take to see how much of a difference you make.

One last thing--I found it rather ironic that the two main religions are Christianity and Islam. Some things never change. Perhaps after their election at thr end of the month.

Stay safe all,

Maggie
Posted By Anonymous Maggie, Grain Valley, MO : 5:24 PM ET
This country need someone or something to stop the genocide obviously. Where are the real men who are not afraid to stop this madness besides the soldiers. Is it too scary for the government to stand up and care for their people...give support???? They are very good with money but when it is time to save their country.....don't count on them.
Posted By Anonymous Johanne, Ottawa, Ontario : 6:01 PM ET
While I emphathize with the troops' conditions, it's the quality, motivation and leadership of these men that determine their missions' success. Armies for centuries have to cook for themselves (who else on the field, their mothers?). 'Battle-hardened' soldiers don't run away from confrontations, how did they earn that reputation? From the commander's comments, I could see a defeatist's attitude, or someone who's lining up the scapegoats for a certain failure. Why don't they just call it 'game over' and go home?
Posted By Anonymous Chuong, Austin, TX : 6:07 PM ET
I like this show. At least you are bringing some news more important to raise awareness on public opinion. However, I hated when you guys, reporters are putting all African, a continent of 55 contries into the same bag. Please at least make some difference by naming explicitly the name of the country in question, so Americans in general understand Africa and not to have a still ignorant opinion about the Mother Land.
Posted By Anonymous Mike Jersey City, New Jersey : 12:37 AM ET
Hi Mr. Koinange,
I feel that it's very admirable of you to be willing to go into these hostile situations to report to us the situation in Durfar. I'm high school sophmore in Florida and frankly, I am personally appalled to see that the U.N.'s policy of peacekeeping would put the safety of the international peacekeepers in the backseat. To me, it seems as if the U.N. would rather please the opposing side than to beef up the security forces there, in fear that that would be viewed as a hostile action. If that's the case, then why send those troops there in first place if your not even serious about them. That's why I don't really think that U.N. is effective anymore in its affairs. It's all talk and nothing gets done. We have to show those people over there that what they do over there will not be tolerated by the international community. And to me, the best way to show that would be to have a show of military force and if necessary, forcebly stop them from killing each other. We can't just talk to them as if they're five year-olds being taught a lesson about moral values. They arn't children, these people who are the head of all this carnage are men with inexpensive and easily replacable cache of weaponry and a political agenda which they will use what ever force to intimidate and exterminate anyone that gets in their way in order to achieve their agenda. Only then, when U.N. presence is respectfully recognized by all parties of the conflict, can diplomats work their slow political magic. But anyway, what do I know. I'm just a kid right? Wish you the best of luck.
Posted By Anonymous Dustin, Lauderdale Lakes, Florida : 12:44 AM ET
I cannot even imagine the problems that face this small force on a daily basis. From your report tonight it is obvious that they want very much to end the conflict and allow for peace, but they have nowhere near the resources necessary to accomplish this daunting task. It boggles the mind to think that they are forced to turn back rather than face the enemy because they know they cannot win. I also cannot begin to fathom why the Sudanese government has not allowed for me troops to enter Darfur. How can they sit back while this genocide occurs, while their people starve? This humanitarian crisis will never end if Sudan is not forced to accept more troops and allow more aid to reach its people. And this will not happen unless the U.N. takes immediate action against the Sudanese government. Why is it that we have yet to learn from our mistakes during the Holocaust? Have we learned nothing since Rwanda? How many must die before we take action?
Posted By Anonymous Kimberly Miller, Hiram, OH : 12:56 AM ET
Jeff, I absolutely agree with your reporting it would have been very helpful if the African Union focuses on increase the number of peace keepers in this area. The solders seem to be capable of doing the job, and would have made a great deal of difference stabilizing the region as well as protect the refugees from getting victimized

I also believe the responsibility and level of commitment to resolve this issue primarily is in the hands of African Union leaders. Even though the politics in this region is not making it easy for aid workers and other who wanted to help, I wonder if enough has been done to resolve this crisis�..

Keep up the good work.
Posted By Anonymous Hanna, San Francisco, CA : 1:20 AM ET
Hi Jeff,
It's a tragedy in and of itself that the peacekeeping troops can't be given the tools to keep the peace. Add to that all the other cruelty that's happening there and we all have a lethal brew to contend with. I realize that there's no easy answers or quick fixes on this, but it has to be solved..We are listening, we are talking, we are seeing..Inaction, should no longer be socially acceptable. Thanks for your work..Take Care
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton,Calif. : 2:14 AM ET
As an American Soldier working for U.S. Army, Europe, it burns me to think of the violence taking place in our area of responsibility and know there is not a thing I can do about it.

As a Soldier, speaking out against my leaders would be completely counter-productive, and there's not much I could say to them anyway, as they are already breaking their backs trying to support the Middle East.

My hope is that because of the work you are doing, public oppinion will be moved enough to motivate people of means to collectively apply preassure on our leaders to take action. Utilizing democracy on the home front is every bit important as spreading it abroad. Thank you for opening our eyes to the truth.
Posted By Anonymous Vision, Heidelberg, Germany : 5:44 AM ET
And what else could be expected from the United Nothings? Maybe France will help, yeah right! If America doesn't send help then nothing will get done. We need to sit this one out after we make it abundantly clear that are doing the worlds work in other regions and they must grow up and handle this with only our advise to assist them.
Posted By Anonymous Tim, Boca Raton, Fl. : 8:05 AM ET
Ill-equiped - this is one of many sad and unfortunate legacies showing the ineptitude of many African governments!! If you commit to something (peacekeeping), do it 120% with the necessary resources to get the job done. If you cannot, then do not do it or you waste peoples time and sow seeds of disillusionment. You disappoint those who count on you - in this case the refugees who are dying everyday. Africa must be resuscitated by Africans first and foremost! Our governments must be held accountable for this ineptitude and we Africans must demand for that accountability and subsequent change!
Posted By Anonymous Jerry, Chicago IL : 10:08 AM ET
My comment is this. There is not a person or persons, armed or not that would get my home without a fight. I would die before I lost my home to fanatics and I'm just one. If these people would stand and fight for themselves things could be different. 2.5 million refugees could make one hell of an army.....

Thanks for your time,
Posted By Anonymous Benjamin Eby. Coldwater, MI : 1:18 PM ET
Jeff,
Yet another example of not doing your homework. Having recently returned from that area where I helped coordinate the rotation of AU troops I can set you straight on a couple of issues. First, the fact that the troops are fixing their own food is just that it is their own food. I watched such countries as Nigeria load the troop rotation plane with food from their own country so they could cook home style meals. As for rules of engagement (ROEs), yes at one time it was don't fire unless fired upon, but that was changed. You also failed to mention how Canada has supplied each sector commander with at least two Amored Personnel Carriers (APCs) to conduct patrols. Your article makes it seem the AU troops are hard done by. The troop contributing countries bring what they think they need. Keep in mind these troops are given almost $90 a day to serve and that is a huge amount compared with what they get at home. The fact the AU is not doing better is the AU's fault. Such basic improvements as changes in their command and control structure (already recommended by NATO) would help as well as, as well as a more vigorous enforcement of what they were sent to do. Quit making excuses for the basic premise of "African Solutions To African Problems". Let the AU sort this out.
Posted By Anonymous Bob, Bellevill, IL : 1:19 PM ET
I applaud the unappreciated soldiers of the African Union, which is at least
attempting to assert responsibility for it's region instead of blaming westerners. But in all fairness, westerners do need to also have a more involved role as Tony Blair is pressing for. African-European relations go back for centuries, and
it is the Europeans own past involvement/meddling that has created, however unintentional, much of the
political and economic mess in Africa today.
Posted By Anonymous Will Malley, KC MO : 1:26 PM ET
Increasing the size of troops or strengthening them can never solve such a huge social issue .....troops ,troops and troops....when will we learn to look outside the war menatlity to improve the well being of any society...may be in true sense we do not want their prosperity as that might hurt us.
Posted By Anonymous Rupa , Boston ,MA : 1:31 PM ET
Jeff,

Maybe you need to report that it's the Muslims who are being killed and displaced. That would really stir things up such as the cartoon of Mohammed. The truth is that it's the Christian's who are being killed and displaced but we don't want to offend the Muslims now would we. This is the true color of Islam but the world doesn't want to offend them. This is an example the anti-Christian wave that states Christians are a threat. This is why this problem continues but if the Muslims were on the short end of the stick the U.S. and the UN would stop it. Throw some oil in there and it might get solved.
Posted By Anonymous Kevin, Tulsa OK : 1:45 PM ET
Hi Jeff, want to fix the problems in Africa, tell George Bush that there is billions of barrels of oil barried in Sudan, or fire the leader of the United Nations, and rebuild the United Nations the right way, because the United Nations is useless!
Posted By Anonymous George wall ,London, Ontario : 1:50 PM ET
This might not be the best suggestion, but given everything I've read about this horrendous nation, the killings and rapes, why don't we, or whoever, arm the civilians? That type of thing wouldn't happen here because we as citizens wouldn't stand for it, we would arm ourselves and fight back. If no government or agency can make an impact, the peopple themselves will have to do it.
Posted By Anonymous Donna, Huber heights, Ohio : 2:25 PM ET
The Sudanese troops need to rig up a system to have some oil shoot out of the ground from some underground barrels and then tell George Bush, "We have oil in Sudan!!" Then, the U.S. will send 100,000 troops and all the bullets and bombs you can imagine.
Posted By Anonymous Jason Las Vegas, NV : 2:34 PM ET
Back off. Let God handle it.

Have the people trying to help go to those places where they can help.

Lessons learned are lessons earned.
Posted By Anonymous jerry woody Wichita, Kansas : 2:54 PM ET
"The United Nation's top diplomat in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, told us that some of the units have to cook their own food. How are you supposed to keep the peace when you're worrying whose turn it is to cook?" This says it all regrding UN peacekeepers, boy sure glad the GI's on D-Day or at Bastogne didn't have to worry about cooking their own FOOD! Seems every where UN peacekeepers go they are ill-equipped and under manned to do the job? It's time the UN learns that just your presence isn't a show of force sometimes you have to actually use that force, a bully won't stop till you punch back!
Posted By Anonymous Chris, Harbor City, CA. : 3:05 PM ET
What can we do? A lot. The folks from Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Ghingimsburg Ohio are doing. They've provided capital to plant crops in the Sudan and feed over 25,000 Darfur refugees. They're in the process of building a school, ophanage, and medical clinic. This may seem like a drop in the bucket but drops add up. When folks get off their asses for good amazing things happen. Don't count on governments, organizations or religions, good people doing what's right makes the difference.
Posted By Anonymous Tom Smith, Saint Paris OH : 3:07 PM ET
This situation is enough to truley sicken me if I were to allow it. It is amazing how we as Americans claim to be so just, so fair, so moral. Over the last 25yrs or more, we have run back and forth to the Middle East out of "concern" for the great human suffering. Meanwhile in Africa we missed one genocide already under Clinton & we are about to miss another one under Bush. Just goes to show you that whether Democrat or Republican, the powers that be are hypocrits. They one and only reason we are so hell bent on "peace in the middle east" is that black bubbling gold, crude O-I-L that is. Can you guess which Lion, Lord of the Jungle is referred to in the passage below?:

"...You cowardly lions never defying the jackals who babble. You run with their pack with your tail between your legs. Though the mane atop your head tells the story even as you downplay your glory, CACKLING, helping the shackling of your brethren happen!...
LIBERTAD"

A M E R I C A, the cowardly lion!
Posted By Anonymous Marcus, Raleigh, NC : 3:12 PM ET
The UN and the African Union are not going to be much help in the elimination of genocide in Darfur, much less in the entirety of Sudan where civil war is an unfortunate fact of life. If there was a simple answer to the problem, somebody would have already thought of it and implemented it long ago.

The main stumbling block to success is not politics or religion (although those play heavily into the failure), but rather money. The UN has proven time and again that it cannot successfully manage funds (Oil for Food, anyone?) and with a mandate that basically turns its peacekeepers into blue-helmeted moving targets (shoot only if shot at), nothing that organization attempts to do to solve the genocide problem will last very long. The attrition will continue and more people will die because of poor money management.

Unfortunately, no amount of donations will fix the problems in Darfur unless there is a guaranteed structure in place to make sure the funds are disbursed in ways that will make the people of Sudan able to live normal lives. There is no such structure. If the UN or the African Union is left in charge, what little money does get sent to UN and AU peacekeepers will undoubtedly be squandered. Having America send more greenbacks to that impoverished region will not help as things are now, and with a toothless UN peacekeeping force that is understaffed and outgunned, the whole situation will only continue to worsen.

There is nothing to do but watch the region tear itself apart until the pieces can't be torn anymore. Either that, or arm the Sudanese government to the teeth and send them out to massacre the anti-gov't rebels. But most of those "arm the good guys so they can kill the bad guys more easily" scenarios end very badly. Regime change is out of the question. If you think Iraq and Afghanistan are tough campaigns, just try to imagine securing an area with roughly the size of both of those countries combined. Right now, there simply is no solution.
Posted By Anonymous Matt J, Atlanta, Georgia, USA : 3:14 PM ET
I think what a lot of people are missing is the fact that the government of Sudan is REFUSING help. They have already publically stated that any intrusion by armed forces, not previous approved by them, would be considered an act on their sovereignty and an act of war. They are also limiting what the African Union is allowed to do in Sudan. The real issue is how far the world will go in holding the regime in Sudan responsible in fixing this before it is "removed from power" and the problem is solved by the international community.
Posted By Anonymous John, Irvine California : 3:15 PM ET
Why do we think that ANY goverment body has the political willpower to do what is right? Individuals can be compasionate but when large groups of people have to make a decision it boils down to a "how will this action benefit us" attitude. The African Union has its own interest in the region non of which is to spend the money it takes to police the region effectively. We as a nation need to figure out how will our intervention "benefit us". Only then will we have an answer to the Sudan Crisis.
Posted By Anonymous Paul, Chicago, IL : 3:31 PM ET
The UN is a joke, and always has been. No one is affraid of the UN. thatis until the US and its allies force the UN to uphold provisions of resolutions it has passed, like the first gulf war, and the second....

I wonder where those forces get teh weapons that outgun the UN troops,,from the very countries who are supposed to make up the multinational forces??? hmm.
Posted By Anonymous Matthew, Columbia MD : 3:33 PM ET
Hi Jeff,
Thanks for letting the world know what is really taking place in Darfur. Kudos to you and Anderson.
Bless YOU!!
Posted By Anonymous Kankunda,Washington DC : 3:42 PM ET
Sounds like propaganda to me!! Ill-equipped? I'd say ill-equipped with intelligent leadership!!
Posted By Anonymous Leslie, Canton, MI : 4:00 PM ET
Hi Jeff,
I do somewhat agree with Mike from Rolling Meadows, IL. With everything that is going on in Iraq,Afghanistan, and other nations that are acting up. We need to At some point let the rest of the world step up first and help. We are the most powerful nation that this earth has ever seen, but if we don't take care of many of the problems that are on this soil, we will be making this nation weaker and weaker until we can't even help ourselves.
However I do think that we should help over in Darfur, but we should let other nations lead for once, and take on the brunt of the battle.
I wish you well while you are over there, and a safe return.
Posted By Anonymous Tommy: Boston, MA. : 4:01 PM ET
Jeff,
You are a reporter and I am not doubting what you are saying is happening on the ground in Darfur. However, you didn't mention two things in your post. The first is that the legal government in the Sudan is sanctioning this ethnic cleansing by the Janjaweed militia and second is that the US has been content to let it continue. Imagine what the outrage in '98 would have been had we let Srenbernica happen without any interdiction. The US has declared a war on terrorism, if that's really what Washington means, then it's time to stop terrorism before it starts by helping out those people in greatest need. More than 4.5 million dead in the DRC since the death of Mobutu (who killed many more while on the US payroll); 800,000 in Rwanda; untold thousands already in Darfur (no accurate body count has been made); where do we think terrorists come from? I hear Mike in Rolling meadows, but the murder of immgrants fighting for a better life by crossing into the US without documentation is not close to the same thing as the number of people being murdered by a governmment who the United States doesn't even have on a list of evil nations. It's time to be aware of what's happening in this world and you, Jeff, are one of the few people making sure that's happening.
Posted By Anonymous Chris, New York, NY : 4:02 PM ET
Jeff
Keep the good the work! This one of your friend (kahiro) you left here in US that is very proud of your good work for the last couple years.
I am tired of poverty hunger amd war in Africa that is really brought by the Africans. Somtimes I think there is a primodial calling for us africans the finish ourself. We were the first people on this Earth and I think we will be the first to go too!.
Keep up the good but I only hope yours news at 10pm is getting the right audience with all the coming elections, Iraq and congress scanadl!
Posted By Anonymous Kahiro Gacheru, Fairfax VA : 4:10 PM ET
If the war in Iraq is making our world a more dangerous place to be and increasing terrorism, then what are the long term effects of ignoring inhumanity such as that occuring in Darfur? I think it is ridiculous to assume that the peace keepers are not doing all they can do, 120%. As americans we win wars by having a better military, especially our airforce. If we were forced to fight on the ground, as we have been forced to in Vietnam and Iraq, could we win? The answer is that we don't know how. The shame is on us for knowing what resources are needed to win the war in Darfur, and refusing to act.
Posted By Anonymous Kelly, Boston MA : 4:16 PM ET
I can stop most of the violence in Dafur and most of the rest of teh world fairly quickly. But no one has teh gut to actually stand up for what they believ in any more. We simply tell the Govermant of Sudan, they have a choice, They can call off their hired thugs in Dafur and stop the fighting or we will remove their capitol city from the map. When as is expected they fail to do so we drop a Nuke on their capitol. From that moment on people will listen.
Posted By Anonymous Kent, Nashville, TN : 4:25 PM ET
Excellent reporting from the front. It would be much easier to criticize the African Union for underequipping its soldiers were this not also a serious issue for the massively funded United States' military in the war in Iraq. Let's hope that reporting like this helps get these troops the advantage they need.
Posted By Anonymous Travis, Ann Arbor, MI : 4:35 PM ET
First, I would like to thank you Anderson Cooper for the work you are doing in the Sudan, and I would like to thank the staff that support you and especially CNN for even running the story about the Sudanese Christians and their flight for freedom. Last night I stayed up and watched the broadcast reference the women children and even seniors getting raped. I have this story from BBC news from 2004 and tried to get help from various organizations for the things that was happening in the Congo. I noticed a few negative comments regarding Darfur Sudan and other related problems there. We learned as children that "what you make happen for others, it will happen for you and your loved ones." and I have found this to be true Anderson Cooper, so you really have a blessing coming. The ones commenting should read two specific books to get an understanding of what is happening on the continent of Africa: 1) RESCUE BY RUTH GRUBER AND 2)IS FANATIC ISLAM A GLOBAL THREAT? By Victor Mordecai 4th ed printed 1996. I read one comment where it stated "we should be concerned about what is happening in our own back yard;" the problem in the Sudan will eventually happen in our own back yard if we don't put a stop to it now. In 1983 when the government of Sudan imposed "sharia" which is an Islamic law on the nation civil war broke out between the Christians and Moslems. This is also where Ben Laden trained (the Sudan); so there is more involved here than Blacks killing and raping Blacks. There is a move going on that we as Americans need to educate ourselves on and we might have avoided "911*,,, BUT BE IT AS IT MAY, ANDERSON COOPER, JEFF AND CNN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SAY HONESTLY "WE DID OUR PART IN TRYING TO EDUCATE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE." May God forever Bless you and the work you are doing.
Posted By Anonymous Willa, Cols, OH : 5:00 PM ET
This is truthful reporting!!! But why aren't the African countries whose troo[ps comprise the peacekeeping force allowed a louder voice at the United Nations? Could it be that the government of Sudan and the failed leadership of Kofi Annan prefer personal wealth and agrandizement to the success of the U.N. in Africa? That is my opinion.
Posted By Anonymous Michael Francis, Novato, CA : 5:30 PM ET
Jeff,

You guys are doing a really good job showing the world the scars that colonial rapists left when they came to Africa and took all the minerals (gold, silver etc). I don't expect much intervention to come from the developed countries to help this nations because as we have seen in the past Superpowers worry more about what they can benefit from a country. If this unrest was in Saudi Arabia, Iraq or osme other oil rich country, tons of forces would have been sent to restore peace.

I would be interested in seen a documentary focusing the very wealthy parts of Africa. (Some day please show us what is still owned by the former colonialists). In Kenya for example most of the fertile land (Tea, Coffee,Roses etc are in the hands of some foreigners somewhere). In Zimbabwe we have the whites owning the highlands, South Africa is another.

It is a rough world with lots of hypocracy.
Posted By Anonymous G. Njoroge , Nairobi Kenya, : 11:06 AM ET
Mr Koinage,

I am writing to you to let you know about our organization, Chicago2Congo. We were incorporated as a not-for-profit in February,2006 and have a website: www.chicago2congo.com. We are a group of health care workers raising funds to support the work of Panzi Hospital in the Congo. With Dr. Mukwege's help funds are deposited directly into the hospital's account. Would you consider adding us as a link on your blog?

Sincerely,

Kathryn Pensack
chicago2congo@yahoo.com
Posted By Anonymous Kathryn Pensack, Chicago, Il : 11:40 AM ET
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