This past Monday, new San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin was in Washington D.C. to meet with congressional leaders and the White House about abuses in Africa. In April Boldin traveled to Africa with Oxfam America on a humanitarian mission.
I’m in DC to ask leaders of Congress to raise their voices to champion human rights in the mining sector of Senegal. pic.twitter.com/QzraIstF3o
— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) June 24, 2013
If you recall, Boldin received the news that he was traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the 49ers while on the same trip. He was in Senegal at time learning about gold mining by multinationals in the country.
There is no better way for an NFL star to spend his precious and limited time-off by doing charitable work for a third world country. It’s a better way to spend the off-season than New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been spending his time-off.
Boldin was representing Oxfam America while on Capitol Hill. The timing could not have been better as President Obama is about to start a goodwill tour of Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. Oxfam America is an organization that fights to eliminate poverty and injustice in 90 countries around the world. Anquan was specifically lobbying on the gold mining situation in Senegal.
One of the promises I made in Senegal was to come back and use my voice for those who don’t have one. Farmers are living on top of gold mines; large companies come in and just take the land from the locals. No notice. No compensation. That wouldn’t fly in America, so I don’t see why it should in Africa.
The Niners gave up a sixth-round draft pick for the wide receiver, which is looking like a genius move after fellow wide receiver Michael Crabtree went down with a torn Achilles.
Boldin appeared on Andrea Mitchell Reports to talk about the situation in Senegal.