Clooney warns of ‘Holocaust’ in Sudan
12.32, Fri Sep 15 2006

Hollywood actor George Clooney has called for a United Nations peacekeeping force to be sent to crisis-torn Sudan.

Clooney urged UN countries to act more forcefully in the Darfur region where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed or made homeless.

At a meeting hosted by US Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, Clooney and human rights activist Elie Wiesel called the humanitarian crisis in the region “genocide” and warned that Darfur could become another Rwanda.

The urged the UN to send in peacekeeping forces to the region with or without the Sudanese government’s permission.

Clooney said: “In the time that we are here today, more women and children will die violently in the Darfur region than in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Israel or Lebanon.”

He urged the UN to take concrete action soon, since the mandate of the African Union force that is currently on the ground there will expire at the end of this month.

“So after September 30th, you won’t need the UN,” he said. “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 UN was formed to ensure that the Holocaust could never happen again.”

Sep 1: Sudan rejects UN Darfur move
May 6: Darfur peace agreement signed