Mass protests over Darfur take place in 35 cities
Thousands of people have joined the march worldwide to protest the continued killings of many innocent lives in Darfur, Sudan.
News reports culled from the Internet and the wires said the protests came as a means to pressure the world to dip its hands into the Darfur problems, which have now brought serious chaos within and in the neighboring countries.
International observers said the rebels supported by the Sudanese government continue to sow terror within Darfur by launching attacks against women and children and at the same looting and burning their houses.
According to the organizers, the protest actions have taken place in at least 35 capitals worldwide to mark the fourth anniversary of the conflict. The rallies included Downing Street in London, a march at Rome's Coliseum and a demonstration in Berlin. The U.N. said some 200,000 people have died since the conflict began.
Among the celebrities who joined the campaign for Darfur included George Clooney and Mick Jagger. Both have signed a statement accusing the international community of apathy.
The demonstrators will turn round some 10,000 hourglasses filled with fake blood to highlight the continuing violence in that part of Sudan.
Despite the killings, the United Nations has not acted yet as to whether to send in more peacekeepers in order to stop the military-backed rebels from sowing more terror in some villages.
Amnesty International said that blood is running like water in Darfur. "It's a horrific scene in Darfur, and this is just meant to be one of those representations that show what's really going on," one of its officers said.
Concerned international human rights organizations have even asked British Prime Minister Tony Blair to influence the international community to take action. Apparently, nothing much has happened despite the pressures initiated by the concerned organizations.
Treated as a domestic problem in Sudan, the conflict has now spilled over to the neighboring countries like Chad and the Central African Republic.
Nobody knows why despite the commitment of the government of Sudan to allow joint African and U.N. peacekeeping force, the matter has remained unimplemented until now. Sudan wanted that the peacekeepers be led by mostly Africans and not the U.N.
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