NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 18 – The word was out through the proverbial grapevine that a high ranking British official was in town this week, was it by any chance Boris Johnson who spent his Valentine’s in Gambia before heading to Liberia followed by Ghana?
No, it wasn’t the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who gained notoriety at the height of the Brexit campaign last year; it was the British Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Baroness Joyce Anelay.
The Baroness Anelay who unlike Johnson no one – to the best of our knowledge – has mistaken for US President Donald Trump, was however in the country in her capacity as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and in that effort toured the British Peace Support Team East Africa offices in Karen in what was her first visit to the country.
There she met and engaged with security personnel from all over the world including female police officers from Nigeria and Sierra Leone and even UN Peacekeepers present to attend sensitisation training on the handling of cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
Training that could be taken as perfunctory until you’re an aid worker who’s gone through the horror of being raped by 15 soldiers or a teenage girl being given a choice that’s really no choice at all: either pick your rapist or have us gang rape you.