George Clooney demands that UN take action in Darfur

George Clooney gave a passionate speech at a UN Security Council briefing today, demanding that they send peacekeepers to Darfur, Sudan to put a stop to "the first genocide of the 21st century."

In the past three years, the "Janjaweed," a militia sponsored by the Sudanese government, has killed over 400,000 people, created 2.5 million refugees, and left 3.5 million dependent on humanitarian aide. Thus far, some of them have benefited by an African Union peacekeeping mandate. But the mandate expires on September 30th, and the Sudanese government will not permit UN forces to come in and replace them.

Clooney stressed the urgency of the situation:


"The first of October will leave these people with nothing. Whatever the reason, it is not good enough... 2.5 million refugees who depend on that aide will die… After September 30th you won't need the UN. You'll simply need men with shovels and bleached white linen and head stones.
This genocide will be on your watch. How you deal with it will be your legacy - your Rwanda, your Cambodia, your Auschwitz.…
Time is of the essence."

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