WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Actor George Clooney came to Washington, D.C. Friday to highlight a protest outside of Sudan’s embassy in Washington.
George Clooney made the following statement to reporters:
“Thank you all for coming today. We’re here really to ask two very simple questions. First question is something immediate and immediately we need humanitarian aides to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, immediately. The second thing we are here to ask, it’s a very simple thing: is for the government in Cartoon to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children.”
The protesters are accusing Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county’s border region with South Sudan.
Others who attended the protest include Clooney’s father, Nick; NAACP President Ben Jealous; Martin Luther King III and congressmen including Virginia Democrat Jim Moran.
Another Virginia congressman, Republican Frank Wolf, returned from a trip to South Sudan last month and received reports from refugees accusing al-Bashir of orchestrating a campaign of ethnic cleansing, mass murder and rape.
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