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’Hotel Rwanda’ Hero to Address Jewish and African American Groups at ’Taking Action on Darfur: A Capital Alert’


Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life hero of the film “Hotel Rwanda,” will speak at a program coordinated by the American Jewish Committee designed to call for greater steps to be taken against the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The program, “Taking Action on Darfur: A Capital Alert” takes place Monday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the National Press Club Ballroom, 529 14th St, NW, Washington, D.C.

Charles Snyder, senior representative on Sudan for the U.S. Department of State, and Brian Steidle, a former U.S. Marine and Darfur eyewitness who has traveled and photographed in the region, will also participate. The program will also feature film clips from “Hotel Rwanda” and Steidle’s photographs.

In addition, a new fundraising initiative, “DC (heart) Darfur” will be launched. This Jewish community effort is part of the “Dear Sudan Campaign,” a national interfaith fundraising effort to provide food and relief to Darfur refugees.

The American Jewish Committee is co-sponsoring the program with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Greater Washington Jewish Task Force on Darfur.

The American Jewish Committee has urged the U.S. government and the international community “to act without further delay to halt the unfolding genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The event is free, reservations are required. Please RSVP to Nate Rulf at or 202-785-5470.


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