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George Clooney Slams Companies Profiting Off Sudan’s ‘Rape of Darfur’

George Clooney co-authored a opinion piece in The New York Times today (Feb. 25), urging the international community to stop atrocities in Darfur. (Photo: Getty)

George Clooney co-authored a opinion piece in The New York Times today (Feb. 25), urging the international community to stop atrocities in Darfur. (Photo: Getty)

George Clooney is urging international banks, gold refiners, the London Bullion Market Association and special interest groups to take the profit out of Sudan’s rape of Darfur, where soldiers have carried out genocide against residents.

The brutal occupation has allowed the Sudanese government to exploit the region’s gold production, Clooney wrote in an opinion piece today (Feb. 25) in The New York Times.

He also wants the international community to hold Sudan responsible for mass “torture rapes” committed by occupying Sudanese soldiers.

Mass atrocities are not only being committed in Darfur, but also in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains. Both regions have been hard hit by government “scorched earth” policies, he wrote.

Outside of carefully staged public relations events, the government has imposed a near total blackout on journalists.

They’re prevented from visiting the area to gather information about the atrocities, he notes in the article, co-authored by Akshaya Kumar and John Pendergast.

Clooney and Pendergast founded the Satellite Sentinel Project, which tracks developments in the region. Pendergast is also founder of the Enough Project, where Kumar works as a policy analyst.

With a journalistic ban in effect, SSP has been collecting evidence of atrocities through satellite imagery and other means.

The Sudanese government has waged war against regional rebels for more than a decade. Hundreds of Thousands of Darfuris have been killed and millions have been driven from their homes.

The government’s heavy handed tactics led the United States in 2004 to declare its actions “genocide,” Clooney noted.

“After that spike in attention and concern, the world has largely forgotten about Darfur. Unfortunately, the government of Sudan has not…”

Human Rights Watch recently documented a mass rape of villagers in Tabit. At least 221 women were raped by Sudanese Army soldiers over a 36-hour period…

“We have heard story after story like those from Tabit. These ‘torture rapes’ are just one tool in Sudan’s criminal arsenal, which also includes aerial bombing of hospitals and agricultural fields, burning of villages and the denial of food aid,” the authors wrote.

Clooney said his group is now targeting the economic drivers of the conflict not only in Sudan and South Sudan but also the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

For more on the subject check out The Times. Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest celebrity news.


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