June 27th, 2011

Meeting at French Embassy, Abuja

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Meeting at the French Ambassador’s residence.

L to R: French Ambassador Jean Michel Dumond, Susan McCue, U.S. Ambassador Terence P. McCulley

June 27th, 2011

Abuja Children’s Home

Posted by Joan Mower

On Sunday, the governors flew to the capital of Nigera, Abuja. The city has broad streets and there is a lot of construction underway. It is a planned city and became the capital about 20 years ago, in December 1991. First thing, Governors Perino and McCue visited an orphanage — the Abuja Children’s Home.

Their visit is in keeping with the theme of today’s Town Hall on how the media can help health and development in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. The orphanage, which is supported by NGOs and Churches, has 40 children between the ages of 2 month and 20 years. The U.S. Embassy gave the playground equipment to the orphanage and the Rotary Club dedicated one of the hostel.


BBG Governor Dana Perino at the Abuja Children’s Home.



BBG Governor Susan McCue with residents of the Abuja Children’s Home.

Sunday night, the BBG met with VOA affiliates and others who came to Abuja to discuss ways to provide more news, information, features to the Nigeria people.

June 24th, 2011

Ambassadorial Support

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Dana Perino with Ambassador Barrie Walkley, U.S. Consul General in Juba. After briefing our team, Walkley expressed his gratitude that our group had come to Juba.

June 24th, 2011

At the University of Juba

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Susan McCue and Dana Perino at the University of Juba, where students are not in session because teachers have not yet returned to South Sudan.

Michael Meehan in front of the university’s Clock Tower, at the center of the campus. The university has a recycling center ready & waiting for the school population to return.

For more on the University of Juba, check this VOA story from earlier this year - Juba University Struggles to Build Capacity for Southern Sudan’s Reconstruction.

June 24th, 2011

Reception in Juba

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L to R: Michael Meehan, Dana Perino, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Susan McCue

The governors with Dr. Benjamin Barnaba Marial, Minister of Information for the Government of South Sudan. This is at a reception where Dr. Marial expressed support for press freedom and called for a partnership with VOA.

June 23rd, 2011

Governors Arrive in Juba

Posted by Joan Mower:

The governors arrived in Juba, Sudan today - second stop on their Africa trip. Juba will be the capital of South Sudan, slated to become the world’s newest nation on July 9! For now, the resource-rich region remains one of the poorest places on earth.

After a meeting with U.S. consulate staff, our group attended a social event for leading South Sudan officials. Minister of Information Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said he would like VOA “to play a big role in the independent media.”

June 22nd, 2011

Touring Addis

Posted by Joan Mower

In between today’s meetings, the governors toured Addis, a hilly city located in the center of the country about 8,000 feet above sea level. The weather was cool and intermittently cloudy. Ethiopia is a country of 90 million people, and Addis teems with activity - shops on the streets, people everywhere, dusty back alleys and the occasional herd of goats or donkeys. There is noticeable construction in the city, with high rises and roads under construction, and the Ethiopian Government is committed to continued development.

Photos of Addis Ababa courtesy AP

June 20th, 2011

GOSS Officials Visited VOA

In advance of the BBG/VOA trip to South Sudan, Luka Deng, right, Minister of Cabinet Affairs of the Government of South Sudan, and Ezekiel Gatkuoth, head of the GOSS Mission to the United States, visited VOA. Shown with Joan Mower, Head of VOA’s Development Office.  (Photo courtesy Joan Mower) 

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