George Clooney is known for being a famous movie star and practical joker, but the notorious Hollywood lothario has quietly been wearing another hat as of late: advocate for peace.
The Academy Award winning actor has been actively calling for an end to the atrocities occurring in Sudan for years, bringing light to the genocide in Darfur, and now hoping to prevent another in the Abyei region.
Clooney, along with activist John Prendergast, have started the Enough Project, an organization focused on bringing awareness to and ending genocide and crimes against humanity throughout the world.
Recently Clooney took his cause all the way to the White House, meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss Sudan, and called for the U.S. to help prevent violence and a civil war between the heavily Muslim north and the Christian south which would tear the already unstable region apart.
“If there’s some way to get ahead of this and stop it before it happens, we better,” Clooney said after his meeting with the President.
The actor, who is also a U.N. Ambassador of Peace, also called for help from other countries and Muslim states. “Real diplomacy, robust real diplomacy means you get the British, the French, everybody together,” he said. “It would be nice to have as much involvement as we could from an Arab state. It would make a very big difference in the negotiating and Egypt is certainly a huge player in this.” The Sudan region has been beget by violence almost constantly through it’s history, with an estimated 2.5 million people killed since 1956 and 4 million people internally displaced or forced to become refugees.
You can learn more about Clooney’s fight against genocide at http://www.enoughproject.org, and read his op-ed piece on the Abyei region for the Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/15/AR2010101503871.html?hpid=topnews
All of here at Positively Celebrity laud the Oscar winner and his efforts to make the world a better place, and wish him nothing but success in all his future endeavors!