Darfuris name babies after ICC prosecutor: Farrow

Fri Jun 5, 2009 6:00pm EDT
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By Edith Honan

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Some refugees in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region have named their children "Okambo" as a tribute to the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, actress Mia Farrow said on Friday.

"I've met at least 100 babies named Ocampo," Farrow, a U.N. goodwill ambassador, told reporters following a U.N. Security Council meeting on Darfur. "They spell it Okambo. ... So the name has been Africanized."

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in March, charging him with masterminding mass killings and deportations in Darfur in western Sudan.

The Sudanese government has rejected Moreno-Ocampo's charges and is refusing to cooperate with the court.

Moreno-Ocampo was at the United Nations to update the Security Council on activities related to the Bashir case and five others he has submitted to the court on possible war crimes in Darfur.

Breaking with standard U.N. practice, Moreno-Ocampo stood beside Sudanese U.N. Ambassador Abdalmahmoud Abdalhaleem, one of his most vocal critics, as the envoy addressed reporters at a press stakeout after the meeting.

Officials waiting their turn to speak typically stand to the side, out of view of TV cameras.

"Mr. Ocampo, you are not welcome in this place. You abuse the image of the United Nations," Abdalhaleem said, adding that Moreno-Ocampo was a "mercenary."   Continued...