Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Visits Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 11, 2009

Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Behind the Scenes PhotosYesterday, Secretary Clinton visited the Biama Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center.

While in Kinshasa, Secretary Clinton visited the Biama Maria Mutombo Hospital and Research Center, established by former NBA basketball player Dikembe Mutombo.

The Secretary said, "I am very honored to be at this hospital which is such a place of hope and healing, particularly with its emphasis on mothers and babies, which is very close to my heart. Dikembe built this in honor of his mother, who I had the privilege of meeting in the White House in 1994.... And so for me it’s like coming full circle, having met his mother and knowing how much she inspired and supported him, and now he has taken his extraordinary success as a professional basketball player and has one of the biggest foundations in Africa, working not only here in his home country, but around the continent to help provide services to people. And it’s a great tribute to his mother and to the values that she raised him with."

Read more from the Secretary's trip to Africa.

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sTePhEn W.
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New York, USA
August 11, 2009

Stephen in New York writes:

hEy,... Hi. EvErYoNe,.... No CoMmEnT. bUt I'm ReAdIn, loOkIn, WaTcHiN aN uNdErTaNdIn AnD rEaLiZiN. kEeP tHeM cOnStAndLy CoMeIn. SoMeDaY tHiNgS wIlL gEt BeTtEr. LoVe. :) . SALUTES.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 11, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

As fate would have it, destiny is a funny thing, and has odd twists and turns for indviduals and nations.

Who would have thought hundreds of years ago when Africans were involved in a forced migration through slavery to the U.S. that an African/American president would set out in this century to lift African people off their knees and walk proudly into a brighter future?

Or that America would afford the opportunity for a African to gain fame and fortune here, and give back to his homeland?

Perhaps this is just a facet of a people coming full circle with their karma, I don't know, but it is good to see.

Suleman
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South Africa
August 11, 2009

Suleman in South Africa writes:

An ordinary citizen has the compassion to build a hosipital for his people, but corrupt and dictatorial leadership which has been in power for over 10 years cannot even point to more than one hosipital, instead they have arsenals of weapons and heavy bank accounts. Reason, a dictator is answerable to nobody, he is not checked he does what he wishes. In short a country needs good democratic governance before anything.

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