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Sudan describes actors Mia Farrow, Clooney as ‘ignorant’

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May 6, 2009 (PARIS) – The Sudanese government dismissed a hunger strike staged by US actress Mia Farrow in protest of Khartoum’s decision to expel more than a dozen aid groups describing her as ignorant.

US actress Mia Farrow (left) and US actor George Clooney (right)

The UN goodwill ambassador announced last month that she will begin fasting in a show of solidarity as a show of solidarity with the people of Darfur.

“On April 27 I will begin a fast of water only in solidarity with the people of Darfur and as a personal expression of outrage at a world that is somehow able to stand by and watch innocent men, women and children needlessly die of starvation, thirst and disease” Farrow said in a statement.

But the spokesman for the Sudanese embassy in London, Khalid Al-Mubarak told the British Guardian newspaper suggested that the move is unwarranted.

The Sudanese official said that the US actress is unaware of Khartoum’s pledge to allow new aid agencies into Darfur including Western ones.

“Oxfam US can operate in the Sudan but not Oxfam UK, for example… ensures that there will be no gaps in the distribution of food” he said.

Sudan accused the expelled agencies of passing information to the International Criminal Court (ICC) which in March issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

The move stirred criticism by the international community including some of Sudan’s allies. However Khartoum said the decision is irreversible.

Al-Mubarak also criticized stances by some Western celebrities on the issue of Darfur.

“We appreciate Mia Farrow’s intentions and we respect her for her interest in the welfare of the Sudanese people” he said.

“She is a good actress and a good human being, but as a politician she is only a beginner. She is like George Clooney, who has also got involved in the Darfur question. He is good looking but ignorant. She is ignorant too” Al-Mubarak added.

Farrow travelled to Darfur three times and has been one of strongest advocates of the refugees in IDP camps and voiced criticism of countries like China which emerged as the strongest backers of Sudan in the UN Security Council (UNSC).

In a recent interview she also criticized US president Barack Obama suggesting that he and Vice President Joe Biden have backpedalled on his Darfur campaign promises.

US actor George Clooney has also travelled to Darfur and campaigned on the issue “using his star power” as the TIME magazine described it.

UN officials say as many as 300,000 people have died and more than 2.7 million driven from their homes since 2003.

The US administration under Bush labeled the Darfur conflict as genocide.

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  • 7 May 2009 05:23, by Herbie

    How easy to dismiss any attention to the situation in Darfur as ignorant? The ’facts’are clear "...thousands of women, children and men are in need of help’. How long will the Sudanese government ignore any attempts made by international bodies, authorities and lay people like Farrow, Clooney?
    It labels those without degrees or expertise in their politics as ’ignorant’ and removes or ignores those it cannot label as ’ignorant’.
    Meanwhile, back in Darfur, people continue to suffer and die.
    The Sudanese government does not care about all its people equally, valuing the life on one group more that the lives of other groups. It expels or labels ’ignorant’ anyone or group who represents the groups it fails to care for.
    Umm! I wonder who is really ’ignorant’. We see through you, Sudanese government.

  • 7 May 2009 10:19, by DAVID N.

    I encourage who is "willing" anybody to take at least 3 days of fasting for Darfur, please do it as I told you so, in the Name of Jesus...
    The 3 Days of just water fasting!!!
    I encourage to do it for all SUDAN!!!
    Because of 3 Days of fasting, let’s us celebrate Jesus is celebrated 3 Days of Resurrection.
    Let’s us celebrate 3 Days Resurrection of Jesus Christ!
    The 3 Days of fasting just the Water!!!
    www.tbn.org

    • 7 May 2009 18:44, by Nal Dit Kum

      In the name of Ngundeng.

  • 8 May 2009 01:37, by Kur

    It is not a surprise for the most brutal regime led by crimimals and blood-thirsty wolves to describe those who speak in defence of women and children of Darfur, who are facing disease, hunger, rape, and extermination, as ignorant.Mia and Clooney are ignorant because they see what these devils cannot see. The regime has shed enough blood of the innocent Sudanese but it still wants more. However, the time is coming when our innocent blood will rain down with vengeance on these demons.

    Mia and Clooney, the innocent Sudanese, who are suffering in the hands of these dragons, appreciate your stand. We know that justice and truth will prevail, and the evil regime not less than Hitlor’s will, in the days come, be buried in hell forever.

    kur



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