George Clooney to Testify before Congress on the Atrocities in South Sudan

George Clooney visited the Nuba Mountains in South Sudan, an area where civilians have literally had to flee to caves in order to escape the mass killings occurring in the region, according to CNN.

While in South Sudan, Clooney wrote and directed a video for The Enough Project, an organization fighting to end genocide and crimes against humanity.

Clooney will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday about what he saw in Sudan.

Clooney said the efforts are getting support from the White House and Congress.

“We’re meeting in Congress because the House is trying to pass a bill right now that has a very good chance of passing that has some pretty robust sanctions. We’re hoping the Senate will do the same. The truth is, there is a lot of ways to attack this problem.

“One is to do what we did with terrorist groups, which is go after the money, find where the money is. These guys are not buying their weapons with Sudanese pounds. So find their offshore accounts in Malaysia, places like that, and freeze them.

“The other way is to actually work with China, not try to guilt them, but work with them to say, listen, you guys are losing 6% of your oil import right now from the Sudan because they’ve shut off the oil. Let’s work together to find a way to get that oil turned back on by fixing these problems.”

What Clooney is doing is commendable. It is such a breath of fresh air to see celebrities using their time and fame for reasons other than promoting themselves. The atrocities being committed in Sudan, as well as other areas in Africa and the Middle East, are appalling, but most do not garner a lot of attention. So it is great to see Clooney taking the initiative (like Angelina Jolie does) and being a voice for change and advocating to end these injustices.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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