US makes no apology for Africa efforts

2013-06-30 19:35
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Polics clash with Obama protesters

South African riot police clashed with protesters in Soweto on Saturday shortly before US President Barack Obama arrived at the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus.

Cape Town - President Barack Obama says the US makes no apology for supporting efforts to stand up for human dignity in Africa.

Speaking at the University of Cape Town, Obama said on Sunday fear too often prevailed in nations across Africa.

He cited Muslim nations like Mali and Somalia, adding that too often terrorism perverted the meaning of Islam.

Obama said the American military presence in Africa was focused on putting muscle behind African efforts.

He said the US could not stop tragedies alone, but if Africans stepped forward and led, the US could help.

Obama said as long as parts of Africa were ravaged by war, democracy and economic opportunity couldn't take hold.

While Obama acknowledged that Africa was moving forward, he said more work needed to be done.

"There is no question that Africa is on the move, but it is not moving fast enough for the child still languishing in poverty...

"It's not moving fast enough for the protester who is beaten in Harare, for the woman who is raped in eastern Congo," he said to a warm reception from the packed auditorium.

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