Mia Farrow says measure taken to help Darfur not enough

June 24th, 2009 - 2:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Gordon Brown London, June 24 (ANI): Actress and activist Mia Farrow has condemned the British and American Governments for not having taken enough measures to stop the genocide in Darfur.

While speaking at the Rotary International Convention at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador said that it was “unacceptable” not to do more when “this level of humanitarian disaster” was ongoing.

“What message have we sent to the people of Darfur? Only that they are completely dispensable,” the Daily Express quoted Farrow as saying.

Farrow, 64, explained that Darfur had dropped out of the worldwide political agenda since humanitarian agencies were expelled from the region.

She urged that world leaders should do more to tackle the situation.

“After the expulsion of the humanitarians, Darfur simply slipped from the news,” she said.

“Great Britain and the United States could certainly do more. We haven’t heard anything recently from Gordon Brown, or anyone really. We have heard very little from President Obama since he was elected, except to deny the findings of his special envoy, who seemed to diminish the conflict.

“President Obama, my president of whom I am extremely proud, has not been so active on Darfur as we hoped he would be. I hope that ‘yes we can’ - we can help the people of Darfur.

“Undeniably, genocide has occurred and is occurring in Darfur. The question is, and it is a defining moment for all of us: ‘What do we do about it? Is it ok to simply watch?’ It is unacceptable to watch this level of humanitarian disaster.”

“I think there is no political will because it is not in any national interest except those in the neighbourhood. It is I think without precedent for a world to get involved in a regional conflict unless there is a national interest. That is sad and I don’t know if we can continue with that concept.

“It serves no one to have a collapsed state. If we are seeing Darfur become more and more like Somalia and if, indeed, we are supposedly fighting the war on terror and the idea of international terrorism is one that strikes a chord, then that’s a national interest - a compelling one - for all nations to get involved,” she added. (ANI)

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