2 Dec 07 – Chiwetel Ejiofor and Clare-Hope Ashitey were among the stars joining Mia Farrow on Sunday night when she launched the Aegis Trust’s Fund4Darfur.  Singer Annie Lennox has also lent support, providing a track from her new album to be used in a short film promoting the Fund.

A new initiative from the leading UK-based genocide prevention organisation, Fund4Darfur will directly support survivors of Darfur’s ethnic cleansing, both in the region and further afield.  The Fund will also support campaigning to bring an end to the crisis threatening Darfur’s African population.

At the launch Mia Farrow said “We have to look at Darfur through the prism of Rwanda, not Iraq, then it is clear what we must do.”

Ms Farrow added, “The situation with Gillian Gibbons demonstrates the palpable insanity and cruelty of that regime, and this is only one woman. Imagine what would happen to her out of the public eye.”

“Mia Farrow has become an authority on this genocide; we are thrilled she has agreed to launch the Fund for Darfur and heartened to have the support of so many public figures,” says Dr James Smith, Aegis’ Chief Executive.

Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (‘American Gangster’, ‘Children of Men’, ‘Love Actually’) is enjoying critical claim   for his current lead role in Othello. “It’s shocking that nearly five years in, there is still no end in sight for the Darfur crisis.  Helping its victims is the least we can do. Fund4Darfur offers an avenue to support targeted humanitarian work and campaigning to bring the crisis to an end.”

The Fund was launched at the Marriott Hotel, Maida Vale, in London, to whom Aegis Trust extends its gratitude for their great support and service during the launch reception and dinner.

To support Fund4Darfur you can donate online at:  www.fund4darfur.org or by calling               08700 427444       .

To find out more about Mia Farrow’s work in response to the Darfur crisis, visit www.miafarrow.org. The site contains a wealth of information and useful resources, including photographs she has taken in the region which are available for use free of charge.

For information about ‘Dream for Darfur’, a campaign in which Mia Farrow is involved that puts pressure on China to help end the Darfur crisis, visit www.dreamfordarfur.org