Clooneys Launch Darfur Campaign By Shooting Documentary

GEORGE CLOONEY and his father NICK have just returned from a low-key trip to the Sudan to document the country's sick genocide. The actor felt he had to do something after learning the extent of the situation in refugee camps, where hundreds of thousands of African Muslims have been slaughtered at the hands of violent Arab tribal militia, keen to wipe them out completely. Upset about how terrible the country's civil war has become, Clooney and his father, a former US news anchor-turned-politician, decided to jet to West Africa and shoot footage of their findings. The movie star, who explained the genocide continues "as the world turns a blind eye," debuted his documentary on yesterday's (26APR06) OPRAH WINFREY SHOW in the US. The Clooneys started their harrowing tour in South Sudan,visiting harsh camps full of refugees. Narrating the footage he shot, Clooney stated, "These people had jobs and property before the Arab 'Janjaweed' militia burned their villages, raped their women and killed their children." Clooney and his father were not allowed to enter Darfur and so travelled north to Chad and then visited the Oure Cassoni refugee camp on the border of Darfur, where they discovered there are more than two million Sudanese living in camps dotted around the border. Speaking upon his return yesterday, the actor told Oprah, "Their (refugees) biggest danger is around them - the 'Janjaweed' militia patrol around it and wait for the women to go out at night to get wood and they rape them. "The women go out to get the wood because if the men did they would kill them, so they choose rape." The actor said he chose to make the awareness trip with his father because he was "late" to the crisis in the Sudan and after having a "fairly decent year" he felt he should "cash in some of that capital on bringing some attention to things that concerned me." He ended his Oprah segment by stating, "We need everyone to get up out of their chairs and help support all these organisations - the US government, the UN - to try and effect some change here." Clooney will be among those taking part in the Save Darfur Coalition Rally To Stop Genocide in Washington DC on Sunday (30APR06). Clooney's TV campaign comes on the same day as a letter from ANGELINA JOLIE in USA Today newspaper, which the actress paid for. In the missive the TOMB RAIDER details the genocide in the Sudan and asks all Americans to demand action.


Contactmusic

Tags: George Clooney - Angelina Jolie - Tomb Raider

Advertisement

More George Clooney

Tomorrowland Trailer

When young science enthusiast Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) fell into a spot of trouble with the local cops and went to retrieve her confiscated belongings...

Amal Clooney Named Most Powerful Female In London, Finishes 4th Overall

Amal Clooney's transformation from a successful human rights lawyer to a high-profile figure is practically complete as she has just been named the most powerful...

George Clooney Hits Comic-Con Touting Impressive 'Tomorrowland'

George Clooney injected New York Comic-Con with a little A-list power this week, surprising fans at the panel for Disney's Tomorrowland. Clooney drew thousands at...

Amal Alamuddin And George Clooney Kept The Wedding Tab Low

Let’s talk about George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. Yes, again. The pair are now happily married and not generating too much news, but the latest...

Advertisement

Newlyweds George Clooney And Amal Alamuddin Are Living The Dream In Italy

George Clooney and the London-based lawyer/writer/editor/activist/all-round Renaissance woman Amal Alamuddin are yet to be legally married, but they’ve probably had enough wedding parties, ceremonies and...

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Have Tied The Knot!

After months of the media reporting every move to do with their wedding, George Clooney and his fiancée Amal Alamuddin have married in Venice, Italy.The...

George Clooney is Deserved Recipient of Golden Globes' Lifetime Achievement

George Clooney, the Oscar-winning actor and producer, is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at next year's Golden Globes. Clooney will pick up...

George Clooney Set To Receive The Cecil B. DeMille Award at The 2015 Golden Globe Awards

At the moment George Clooney’s personal and professional life couldn’t be going any better! As well as preparing to marry Amal Alamuddin in Venice, Italy,...

Advertisement

Comments

George Clooney Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on George Clooney

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All