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Sunday, April 30, 2006

 

AP: Rally Planned to Protest Darfur Genocide

By ELIZABETH WHITE, Associated Press Writer -- Sunday, 2 hours, 17 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Actors, athletes and activists concerned about the atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region are joining politicians and religious leaders in urging a greater U.S. role in ending what the United Nations says is the world's worst humanitarian disaster.

A Sunday rally on the National Mall, near the Capitol, that organizers hoped would attract 10,000 or more was one of more than a dozen planned in U.S. cities over the weekend.

Senator Barak Obama, D-Ill., listens to academy awarding-winning actor George Clooney speaking to the media at the National Press Club in Washignton Thursday, April 27, 2006, to call attention to the critical situation in the Darfur region of Sudan. (AP Photo/Mannie Garcia)Headlining the Washington event was actor George Clooney. Others scheduled to speak included Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel and Olympic speedskating champion Joey Cheek, who donated his bonus money to projects in war-torn Darfur.

"You feel completely overwhelmed," Clooney, just back from Africa, told AP Radio News ahead of the rally. "We flew over areas and my father and I would look at each other and go, this is just too much. But then what are we to do? Nothing?"

David Rubenstein, coordinator of the Save Darfur Coalition, covering more than 160 humanitarian and religious groups, said the aim of the "Rally to Stop Genocide" is to highlight the need for a multinational peace force in the region.

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