Visiting actress Mia Farrow says she’s ‘bewildered’ by Cambodian ban on Darfur ceremony

January 20, 2008 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) American actress Mia Farrow said she was bewildered by the Cambodian government’s attempt to block a ceremony at a former Khmer Rouge prison intended to highlight the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

“It’s pretty harsh to be against a ceremony that honors the victims of Darfur and genocide survivors everywhere,” Farrow said in an interview Saturday. “Frankly, I’m a little bewildered.”

Farrow said she and other activists were determined to press ahead with the Sunday ceremony at the Khmer Rouge’s infamous Tuol Sleng torture facility, and would hold it outside the former prison’s gates if police block them from entering.

Farrow, who is working with the U.S.-based advocacy group Dream for Darfur, traveled to Cambodia to stage a mock Olympic torch-lighting ceremony at the former prison. The ceremony aims to send a message to China host of the 2008 Olympics and one of Sudan’s major trading partners to press Khartoum to end abuses in Darfur.

China has strong economic ties with both Sudan and Cambodia.

The Cambodian government said days ago it would prevent the 62-year-old actress from going through with the ceremony because the group had “a political agenda against China” and was holding the event for political rather than humanitarian reasons.

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