Back in the 1990s, Uganda was seen as a success story in the fight against the AIDS epidemic. HIV infection rates were falling. The country had developed strong, community based programs that provided support to those who became ill. They fought stigma and emphasized pragmatic – not ideological – approaches to preventing HIV infection.
The weekend news dump from the Obama administration was an immigration two-fer. First came word that the president would not take executive action to change immigration policy before the November congressional elections. Buried under that news was the less splashy but deeply troubling announcement that the administration plans to build a huge immigrant family detention center in Texas.
As I sat in the UN Security Council chamber this morning, you could have heard a pin drop as a 20-year-old refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo described escaping a “tent of fire” during an attack on her refugee camp when she was 10. The young woman, named Sandra Uwiringiyimana, survived, but her younger sister didn’t.