Clooney Pleads With U.N. to Head Off Genocide in Sudan
Posted on Sep 14, 2006
George Clooney warned the United Nation on Thursday that millions would die in Darfur if the U.N. Security Council does not send in a peacekeeping force to replace departing African Union troops at the end of this month. “After Sept. 30, you won’t need the U.N.,” Clooney said. “You will simply need men with shovels and bleached white linen and headstones.”
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Actor George Clooney warned the United Nation’s most powerful body Thursday that if it did not send peacekeepers to Sudan’s Darfur region millions would die in the first genocide of the 21st century.
Clooney and his journalist father Nick Clooney spent five days in Darfur in April, gathering personal stories of the death and suffering that has ravaged the African region. Both have worked since their return to publicize the plight of the people there.
The mandate of African Union peacekeepers in Darfur expires at the end of the month and the Sudanese government has rejected their replacement by a U.N. force. If U.N. forces are not sent to replace them, George Clooney warned the U.N. Security Council, all aid workers would leave and the 2.5 million refugees who depend on them would die.
“After September 30, you won’t need the U.N. You will simply need men with shovels and bleached white linen and headstones,” the Oscar-winning actor said.