A Hollywood superstar and a Nobel Peace Prize winner have called for international efforts to end the humanitarian disaster in Darfur. George Clooney and Elie Wiesel were speaking ahead of a weekend rally in Central Park, New York, which will demand a UN peacekeeping force in the troubled region.
Nobel prize winner Wiesel stressed the gravity of the crisis. “A world capital of human suffering, humiliation and despair, that is Sudan’s Darfur today. You know that the tragedy there seems endless as well as senseless.”
Darfur, a region about the size of France in western Sudan, has endured fighting since a rebellion against the Arab-led Sudanese government in 2003. It is not known exactly how many people have been killed in the conflict but estimates put the figure at between 200,000-300,000, with more than 2.5 million displaced. President Omar al-Bashir has warned that Sudan will fight any UN forces sent to the region.