George Clooney talked to the “Today” show’s Ann Curry about his recent trip to the volatile border region between Sudan and South Sudan, which became an independent state last year.
In the interview, Clooney decried the loss of innocent life from aerial attacks, one of which he said he was “close enough to feel.” The actor said he visited a village where 39 people have been killed in the past month. He placed the blame on President Omar al-Bashir and other Sudanese government officials, whom he described as war criminals.
The Washington Post’s Sudarsan Raghavan reported on the growing conflict between Sudan and South Sudan, writing, “some officials [warn] that the violence is reminiscent of the conflict in Darfur.”
Raghavan reported that Sudan has denied allegations of shelling civilians, “but it has also prevented foreign relief agencies from entering the Nuba Mountains, even as U.N. and other aid groups report food shortages and malnutrition.”
Clooney spoke to the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. Tuesday and will testify before Congress about Sudan today.
The Oscar winner helped found the Satellite Sentinel Project, a group that uses aerial images to monitor possible threats to civilians in Sudan. He described the project as “anti-genocide paparazzi.”
Watch Clooney speak about his trip below.