Rep. Kind Calls for U.S. Action in Cameroon

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – One of La Crosse’s Sister Cities is Kumba located in the African nation of Camaroon.

Monday, Congressman Ron Kind held an event in La Crosse to highlight the political and humanitarian crisis there and to call for diplomatic American intervention to ease the suffering.

Ethnic violence between the French speaking majority and the English speaking minority has reached crisis levels.

Kind recently returned from a visit to the region and is calling for legislation to condemn the violence and impose expectations on the Camaroon Government to do its part.

“One thing we have done already,” says KInd, “is we have pulled back some of the security funding assistance to their military forces because of the security concerns that we raised with them and we can do more of that.”

Kind says people in La Crosse and the U.S. should care about oppression and violence and work together to condemn it, no matter where its happening.

Scott Hackworth

Scott Hackworth

Scott Hackworth co-anchors the News 19 Six and Ten PM reports. He came to News 19 in 1991. Scott grew up in Oklahoma and upstate New York. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, he started his broadcasting career as an Associate Producer at KJRH Television in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He went on to become the Weekend Anchor at KSNF Television in Joplin Missouri and from there to a Morning and Noon show anchor position at KCRG Television in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Scott has been honored by the Associated Press of Wisconsin for Best Series Reporting and was part of the team that put together our September 11th, 2001 coverage that won the Wisconsin Associated Press award for Best Newscast. He has also hosted News 19 Town Hall Meetings that have been honored in a variety of categories. Scott is an avid reader and loves politics, current events and sports. He is also believed to be the only Oklahoma State University or New York Mets fan in all of Wisconsin. Scott and his wife Gina live in Onalaska and are occasionally (but not often enough) visited by their two grown sons. Contact Scott at shackworth@wxow.com

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