Clinton Tours Africa to Combat Violence

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continued her tour of Africa, Wednesday, focusing on issues ranging from Islamic extremists to sexual abuse.

Making her fifth of seven stops in the country, Clinton met with religious leaders in Nigeria to discuss recent violence that has left more than 700 people dead, including Christians.

Boko Haram -which is translated as "Western education is sacrilege"- has imposed strict Sharia law in Nigeria. Clinton said Washington would seek ways to assist Nigeria in fighting the violence.

"We strongly support and encourage the government of Nigeria's efforts to increase transparency, reduce corruption (and) provide support for democratic processes in preparation for the 2011 elections," Clinton said.

Earlier this week, she also met with leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"We state to the world that those who attack civilian populations using systematic rape are guilty of crimes against humanity," Clinton said.

She pledged $17 million to help stop an epidemic of rapes that has occurred during years of war in Congo. She stated that domestic outrage at the sexual assaults against women and girls was needed to help push the government into action.

"You are the ones who have to speak out," Clinton told university students in Kinshasa Monday. "Speak out to end the corruption, the violence, the conflict that for too long have eroded the opportunities across this country. Together, you can write a new chapter in Congolese history."

The UN has recorded at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence in Congo since 1996.

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