THE PRESIDENT'S STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH FAILS TO MENTION THE ONGOING GENOCIDE IN SUDAN

02/01/06

Our guest was Marie Clarke Brill, Director of Public Education and Mobilization at Africa Action. Africa Action today condemned the failure of President Bush to mention the Darfur genocide in his ‘State of the Union’ address for the second year, even as his Administration acknowledges that this crime against humanity continues in western Sudan. In a speech that stressed the need for the U.S. to engage with the world, to reject "isolationism" and to confront "tyranny" and "evil", Africa Action emphasized that the failure of the President to comment on the Darfur genocide and to identify a plan to stop it contradicts these themes and reveals an unacceptable lack of commitment to new action on this crisis. Africa Action says that at least 400,000 have lost their lives in the region of Darfur in western Sudan. Our guest says that 6,000 people die every month, either killed by the militias or of starvation. Brill says there will be a demonstration and protest outside the White House tomorrow.

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