News / / 02.26.24

US Appoints Perriello as Special Envoy for Sudan

Don Cheadle speaks out: “Important development” as millions face “catastrophic” violence, starvation

February 26, 2024 (Washington, DC) – The United States today will appoint Tom Perriello as a new special envoy for Sudan, as that country faces escalating warfare, mass violence, and a potential famine. The announcement was confirmed in a statement to press today by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Don Cheadle, actor, activist, Advisory Board Member of The Sentry, said: “Millions of Sudanese face horrific violence and potential starvation. President Biden’s decision to step up and appoint a Special Envoy is an important and welcomed development. Tom Perriello is a strong choice to lead efforts in support of peace in Sudan, given his track record of diplomatic success in the region. The Sudanese people need a ceasefire and full humanitarian access immediately.”

John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, said: “The appointment of a US Special Envoy to Sudan represents a desperately needed boost to peacemaking efforts in that war-shattered country. The choice of Tom Perriello, an experienced diplomat with a track-record of success in Africa, is a sign that President Biden and Secretary Blinken are escalating America’s commitment to solving this crisis. With genocide again unfolding in Darfur and the country on the brink of a catastrophic famine, time is of the essence.  With this support and continued bipartisan advocacy from Congress, the Envoy must immediately accelerate efforts to produce a ceasefire, full humanitarian access, and a just, inclusive political transition. Success will require President Biden and Secretary Blinken to utilize the US’s prime comparative advantage: the vast array of policy tools of financial pressure focused on anti-money laundering instruments and network-based sanctions.”


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Actor, activist, Advisory Board Member of The Sentry, Don Cheadle and John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, are co-authors of two books on Africa: The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes and Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond.


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