Reporting from El Fasher, Sudan -- What if the conflict many call the "first genocide of the 21st century" weren't one at all?
In the United States, many see the six-year war in Darfur as a bloody campaign by a Sudanese Arab-dominated government against rebellious "African" tribes in western Sudan. Two consecutive American presidents and several activist groups have defined it as genocide.
A protest outside of the Sudanese embassy this morning resulted in the arrest of five members of Congress and two Darfur activists.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Jerry Fowler of Save Darfur Coalition, and John Prendergast of the Enough Project led the protest.
Following speeches by the protest's headliners, the group stepped onto the property of the embassy and was given three warnings by the U.S. Secret Service to leave. As the protesters stood defiant, police handcuffed each of the leaders and escorted them into a Secret Service vehicle.
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Enough's co-Founder John Prendergast speaking in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) tells the assembled media what must be done in Darfur.
MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE JOIN 'DARFUR FAST FOR LIFE'
Since actress and activist Mia Farrow began her fast for Darfur on April 27, more than 500 people around the world have joined the Fasting Chain of her group, Darfur Fast for Life, to fast or subsist on refugee rations for a day or more. Prominent individuals who have joined the fast include Sir Richard Branson, the singer Peter Gabriel, and U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne.
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