Africa

Monday 28 July 2014

George Clooney co-writes oped: 'Sudan may be the world’s most murderous conflict'

Under the cover of darkness, Sudan's government has revived and intensified its genocidal strategy in the main war zones of Sudan, Clooney writes

Published 11/06/2014|22:00

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George Clooney says Sudanese genocide is “revived and intensified”.

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The Academy Award-winning Gravity star has been advocating for a resolution in the conflict-laden African country for nearly a decade.

And in a new op-ed piece co-written with John Prendergast for Vice, which was published today, George says the killing in Sudan has worsened since he spoke at the Save Darfur rally in 2006.

“Under the cover of darkness, in a world whose attention is diverted by more camera-accessible crises in Ukraine, Syria, and the Central African Republic (CAR), the Sudan government has revived and intensified its genocidal strategy in the main war zones of Sudan. No media is allowed,” George and John wrote.

“Sudan may be the world’s most murderous conflict. But the suffering of its people has been obscured, redacted, made silent.”

After visiting the country in 2010 and witnessing atrocities firsthand, George co-founded the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) with John.

The programme attempts to prevent mass barbarity by keeping tabs on the harrowing reign of despotic President Omar al-Bashir and others through analysing imagery obtained via a satellite hovering in the sky.

According to George and John, the data collected through SSP has been largely brushed off by those who can make a difference in the region.

“Our Satellite Sentinel Project captures frequent satellite imagery of communities leveled by bombing raids. So far, that evidence has been ignored,” the pair declared.

George and John went on to urge all people to get involved in the issue.

The guerrilla conflict in the Sudan region of Darfur began in 2003 when the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army and Justice and Equality Movement groups in Darfur took up arms.

They accused the Sudan government of oppressing non-Arab Sudanese in favour of Sudanese Arabs.

It is estimated 2.5 million were murdered as a result of the conflict.

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