Contributing Monkie GreenChef Staff Monkies
Published on December 15, 2008
(Looking back at 2006 when George Clooney and his father, traveled to Sudan to see for themselves what was happening)
George Clooney has been speaking out in Washington to urge aid for the Darfur Crisis. George along with his dad Nick Clooney smuggled cameras into the Darfur refugee camps in April 2006 for five days to report on the genocide first hand. Over 200,000 have been killed and over 2 million have fled their homes since 2003.
Yesterday, George Clooney addressed the U.N. Security Council to urge them to send peacemakers to Sudan’s Darfur Region to prevent genocide. Clooney warned them if they did not, millions will die in what he called the first genocide of the 21st century.
Clooney told the council members, “It’s not getting better. It’s getting much, much worse.
And it is only the international community that can help us. Now, I know there are members of you here that, for what I’m sure are sensible reasons, have failed to use leverage at times to keep the — to get the peacekeepers on the ground. Well, we now have a date. The date is September 30. The 1st of October will leave these people with nothing. Whatever the reason, it’s not good enough. On October 1, it won’t just be the Janjaweed murdering and raping with impunity or Minnawi’s SLA slaughtering the Fur tribes.
With no protection, all the aide workers will leave immediately, and the 2.5 million refugees who depend on that aid will die. Jan Egeland estimates 100,000 a month.
So, after September 30, you won’t need the U.N. You will simply need men with shovels and bleached white linen and headstones. In many ways, it’s unfair, but it is, nevertheless, true that this genocide will be on your watch. How you deal with it will be your legacy, your Rwanda, your Cambodia, your Auschwitz.
We were brought up to believe that the U.N. was formed to ensure that the Holocaust could never happen again. We believe in you so strongly. We need you so badly. We have come so far. We’re one yes away from ending this. And, if not the U.N., then who?
Time is of the essence.”
Save Darfur Coalition: http://www.savedarfur.org
Wiesel’s foundation: http://www.eliewieselfoundation.org