[Extensions of Remarks]
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                           HON. ANNA G. ESHOO

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, January 13, 2010

  Ms. ESHOO. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to two Bay Area 
women, Karen Ande and Ruth Richter, and their compelling book Face to 
Face, Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa.
  This very special work was conceived after Karen Ande and Ruthann 
Richter travelled to Africa in 2004. They were devastated by the plight 
of children living under staggeringly brutal conditions, often without 
food, education or a stable, caring adult in their lives. Many of the 
children had watched their parents die and then had to cope with the 
consequences of living alone or with little support. They resolved to 
bring the issue to light and their book is the vehicle they chose to 
accomplish this goal.
  The following words in praise of the book by Philip Pizzo, M.D., Dean 
of the Stanford University School of Medicine, a specialist in 
pediatric AIDS and one of the 14th Congressional District's most 
distinguished and effective leaders, are an eloquent statement about 
the book and its subject.
  ``Ruthann Richter and Karen Ande have given a new voice and face to 
this pandemic, which continues to destroy the hopes, dreams and lives 
of children. Through compelling and poignantly informed stories and 
narratives and incredibly sensitive and touching portraits of children, 
families, providers and communities, Richter and Ande remind us, in a 
deeply personal way, how important HIV remains in Africa and beyond.''
  Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Karen Ande 
and Ruthann Richter for their extraordinary work and their efforts to 
bring to our attention the continuing ravages of the AIDS virus on the 
children of Africa.