MEETS WITH US SENATOR
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[ June 16th 2004 ]
and Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner
for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, met with a key U.S.
Senator to discuss the crisis in Sudan's Darfur
region. Ms. Jolie recently returned from a visit
to Chad, where she met at a camp with some of
the 160,000 refugees who fled Sudan's violence-wracked
western Darfur region. Emerging from a meeting
with the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, Senator Richard Lugar, Ms. Jolie expressed
concern over reports that the Sudanese government
has been blocking humanitarian aid to those in
UNHCR, I can say that we are all concerned that
if we wait too long to respond to the needs of
the people, and we do not get in there to find
out what is happening and insist to the Sudanese
government that we want to see what it happening
there and be allowed in, then we could be too
late, and God forbid we have something as serious
as genocide on our hands."
rights groups say the Sudanese government, with
support from Khartoum-backed Arab militia, has
been waging a campaign of ethnic cleansing in
Darfur. Sudanese officials deny the accusations.
For his part, Senator Lugar praised Ms. Jolie
for her work on behalf of refugees, saying she
brings high profile attention to the issue. "She
has been on the firing line, literally, in Chad,
working with children, working with refugees."
in the House of Representatives, the Appropriations
Committee approved $95 million in emergency disaster
relief and refugee aid to deal with the crisis
in Darfur. As many as 30,000 people are believed
to have been killed in the Darfur conflict, which
erupted in February of last year.