“Is there a fish there or not? If you see him, how do you get him to come up? Of course, the beautiful part is, once you catch him, you release him so you can do it again.”When Robert F. Smith ’94, founder, chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, is on the phone, which seems like almost every free minute of the day, he is constantly moving, pacing, and searching out the unexplored corners of the room like a bloodhound following a trail.
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Earlier this month, the United Nations World Food Program discovered three of its workers were killed there. The violence has gotten so bad that a senior British official has made the rare move by a foreign government of calling it outright tribal “genocide.”Meanwhile, internet monitors are watching very closely. Online hate speech and fake news posts seem to be inciting some of the real world violence, according to researchers and activists.