Tuesday, January 01, 2008

American Diplomat Gunned Down in Sudan

DES MOINES, Iowa: An American diplomat in Sudan was shot early this morning as he was coming home from a New Year's Eve party at the British Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, Western officials said. He was later reported dead by The Associated Press. His driver, a Sudanese employee of the American Embassy, was also killed. Khartoum is considered one of the safest big cities in Africa and violent crime, especially with guns, is very rare, according to the International Herald Tribune. But the Sudanese rallying in Iowa today fear that the massive death and destruction in their country is being glossed over.

"This is not the first time a diplomat has been killed in Khartoum," says former Sudanese slave and activist Simon Deng. "Though we mourn the killing of the American diplomat this morning, sadly it is not an incident for Sudan. Khartoum is playing a cat and mouse game. Hundreds of Sudanese are gathering at the Iowa press conference today because Sudan is still a terrorist regime which has spilled the blood of millions by perpetrating genocide, slavery, systematic starvation and mass human rights abuses. American Sudanese demand to know what the candidates intend to do about it."

For more information see: http://CryPeaceandFreedom.org and http://SudanSunrise.org

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