`Nightline' recruits Cheadle

February 09, 2005|By Zap2it.com

Don Cheadle, the Oscar-nominated star of Hotel Rwanda, will serve as a "special correspondent" for tonight's Nightline as he reports on the ethnic conflict in the Sudan.

Cheadle and Nightline producer Rick Wilkinson recently joined several members of Congress on a fact-finding mission to the country's Darfur region.

Rebel groups in the region accuse the Sudanese government of financing Arab militias called Janjaweed to wipe out non-Arab enclaves, a charge the government denies. Thousands of people have died in the fighting over the past two years; nearly 2 million are in refugee camps.

"We are ... seeing these sorts of micro genocides ... and the displacement of humans at such an extreme number with no end in sight," Cheadle said in a statement. "I think it would just be very disingenuous for me to have been saying all this time ... `we have to get involved,'" and then not get involved himself, he said.

On tomorrow's Nightline, anchor Ted Koppel talks with Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed more than 1,000 people seeking safety from the Rwandan genocide in 1994, about his view of the Sudan.

Cheadle played Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda.


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