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People We Love :: Don Cheadle

Hotel Rwanda Actor Speaks Out on Darfur

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Don Cheadle, 43, is perhaps best known for his leading role as Paul Rusesabagina in the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda. Although he chose the project for its artistic merit, he came to realize the importance of telling the story of the Rwandan genocide. More recently, this acclaimed actor has taken on a new role as an activist fighting to raise awareness of another genocide—the one happening in Darfur.

Cheadle was stunned by the gravity of the situation during a 2005 visit to the beleaguered region of Sudan. Upon returning from his trip, he jumped headfirst into the campaign to push for meaningful action on the crisis in Darfur. Along with George Clooney, he traveled in 2006 to China—a major trading partner of Sudan—to plead for government action. He co-produced the 2007 movie Darfur Now, and co-authored, with John Prendergast, the book Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond.

Cheadle continues to balance his acting career with his advocacy for the people of Darfur.

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