World Report: April 27, 2007 Vol. #12 Iss. #25

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A Call to End Darfur's Violence

For the past four years, the Darfur region of Sudan, in Africa, has been ripped apart by violence. More than 200,000 people have been killed, and 2.5 million have been driven from their homes by rebel groups. Last Wednesday, President George W. Bush called for the bloodshed to stop. "The brutal treatment of innocent civilians in Darfur is unacceptable," he said. "(It) must end."

The President warned the government of Sudan that it was time to abide by peace agreements. If Sudan fails to act properly, the U.S. will impose strict economic penalties.

Bush spoke at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington, D.C. The museum is devoted to preserving the memory of the estimated 6 million Jewish people who were killed by Germany's Nazi government during World War II. Bush said that the museum serves as a reminder to the world that it must not allow evil acts to be committed.

Google, an Internet search company, has joined ranks with the Holocaust Museum to let the world know what is going on in Darfur. People can see images of the suffering there on the Google Earth website.

The U.S. and the United Nations have brokered several agreements between Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, and rebel groups. Last week, Sudan agreed to accept 3,000 U.N. troops, who will work with 7,000 African Union forces to bring peace to the region. But Sudan's government has broken many agreements. "The time for promises is over," said Bush. "President Bashir must act."