Actor George Clooney has shelved his Actor Hat in favor of his humanity with regard to bringing worldwide attention to the atrocities committed against refugess in Darfur and Chad. The suffering that people in this region have endured for many years is reprehensible and George Clooney has taken the opportunity to use his fame to bring much needed focus on this horrendous situation.
Besides appearing on talk shows and spreading the word anyway he can, George has been blogging about Darfur and keeping focus on any changes as they happen. In 2007, George Clooney, along with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Jerry Weintraub, co-founded Not On Our Watch, an organization whose mission is to focus global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities in Darfur. Among the many honors received as a result of his humanitarian efforts in Darfur was the "2007 Peace Summit Award" given at The 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates at their annual meeting in Rome.
George recently blogged about his last visit to a camp in Chad which he visited three years ago. He pointed out "The violence there is nowhere near the scale that is going on just miles across the border in Sudan." George met with Vice President Joe Biden regarding his trip to Darfur.
He also talks about a tiny window of hope as a result of an arrest warrant issued against the president of Sudan. George says "in the middle of all of this, we get a tiny window of hope. The International Criminal Court has now brought charges and an arrest warrant to Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan. He is indicted for crimes against humanity. It’s the first time a sitting president has been charged by The Hague. By the time the ICC got to them, Slobodan Milosevic and Charles Taylor were both finished with their reigns of terror. Omar al-Bashir is not. Not by a long shot."
It's admirable that George is not going to give up on his fight on behalf of Darfur and Chad. If you would like to show your support be sure to stop by George's Blog to see what suggestions he makes.
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