ATTROCITIES IN DARFUR
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[ October 27th 2004 ]
actress Angelina Jolie on Wednesday described
the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region as "unbelievably
horrible" after a three-day visit to region. Jolie,
a good will ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency
UNHCR, has visited refugees in many conflict-torn
countries but said Darfur struck her as the worst
she had seen because the rights abuses and violence
continued and nowhere was safe. "I'd say this
is the worst situation I've seen and what's happening
to the people here... is unbelievably horrible.
The fact is it is just one of the worst things
that has happened on the planet to a people,"
United Nations says conflict in Darfur, which
has uprooted some 1.6 million people from their
homes, has created one of the world's worst humanitarian
crises. The world body has threatened Sudan with
sanctions if it fails to stop the violence which
the United States has called genocide. Jolie,
who has starred in films such as Tomb Raider and
Girl Interrupted, has visited and donated money
to Sudanese refugees in Egypt and Chad, and met
refugees in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Cambodia,
and Kosovo among others.
said the Darfur conflict was complex and difficult
to understand, but it was clear there was no place
in the vast region that was 100 percent safe.
"I've never been in something (like this) that
seems that it is not a finished situation - it's
very much going on now," Jolie told reporters
in Khartoum. "It's not over and now aid is coming
in. It's continuous." She said she had spoken
to many women who had been raped, while children
told her they only wanted security to live their
lives in peace. Jolie appealed to the international
community to fully fund the many aid organizations
working in Darfur.