Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ellison, Carson urge US to take action in Darfur

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' two Muslim members urged the U.S. government on Wednesday to lead efforts to end the violence in Sudan's Darfur region, where more than 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced.

Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana joined other black Democratic lawmakers making that call at a "Muslim Voices for Darfur" news conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Sudan is a predominantly Muslim African nation.

Ellison, a freshman lawmaker, asked Sudan's government to stop the violence.

"I further call on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to exert all available influence on the international community and on the parties to the conflict," he said, "and I especially urge Secretary Rice to engage allies among majority-Muslim nations and the African Union."

Ellison was elected as the nation's first Muslim member of Congress in 2006. Carson became the second after winning a special election this year to fill the remainder of his late grandmother's term.

"We talk about America being one of the greatest nations on earth," Carson said. "If we are to have that title ... we need to step out on the world front and be a leader on this issue." Read more >>>>>>>>>

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