George Clooney has told Sky News that his attempts to stop civil war in Sudan is “the best use of his celebrity”.
The heart-throb’s charity, Not On Our Watch co-founded with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, among others, sponsors a project which uses commercial satellites and expert analysts to keep an eye on signs of aggression in the region.
Sunday’s vote on independence in which the south of Sudan want to secede from the north could tip the country into civil war again.
Clooney told Sky News that he wants Sudan’s government to know that the world is watching.”A lot of bad things happen when the lights are turned off, in particular in Sudan, and so we are just trying to turn the floodlight on.”
“Our big argument is this: we are always late and we always come in and say ‘We didn’t know’, and ‘Had I known I would have done something about Rwanda or Cambodia’.“
“You can Google Earth my house any time, and zoom right down onto it – I want people who do really evil acts to enjoy the same level of celebrity that I do.”
Clooney has been very vocal about drawing attention to previous conflicts in Sudan.
Last year he called for the freezing of assets held by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur, charges he denies.