Clooney Testifies: 'Campaign of Murder' in Sudan

Actor goes before Congress after trip to troubled country

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 14, 2012 12:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – George Clooney, long an advocate for Sudan, testified before Congress today about the "campaign of murder" being carried out in the country. Clooney just returned from a trip to the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, where he says villagers hide from daily bombings. "We found children filled with shrapnel, including a 9-year-old boy who had both of his hands blown off," the actor told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Clooney blames Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and two other men in his government for the attacks. "They're all charged with war crimes" in Darfur, he said, "and are now proving themselves to be the greatest war criminals of this century by far." Clooney tells CNN that the White House and Congress are supporting his efforts to help the Sudanese. "There is a lot of ways to attack this problem. One is to do what we did with terrorist groups, which is go after the money," he says. "The other way is to actually work with China, not try to guilt them, but work with them."

American actor George Clooney testifies on Sudan and South Sudan before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
American actor George Clooney testifies on Sudan and South Sudan before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB   (Getty Images)
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