George Clooney

George Clooney

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter, Director, and Sudan Activist

George Clooney (The Descendants, The Ides of March, Up in the Air, Good Night and Good Luck, ER)—Academy award-nominated actor, producer and screenwriter—has been active in African aid and development efforts for years. He is a co-founder of the Darfur aid organization Not On Our Watch, which he launched with actors Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt. He also initiated the Satellite Sentinel Project during an October 2010 visit to South Sudan with Enough Co-founder John Prendergast. Today, George Clooney continues to fundraise and promote the work of Satellite Sentinel Project in Sudan.

Clooney narrated the HBO documentary on Darfur, Sand and Sorrow. In October 2010 he traveled to southern Sudan with John Prendergast, to raise awareness about the need for peace in the region as it approached its critical referendum. Following the trip, Clooney and Prendergast appeared on the NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, CNN's Larry King Live, and a one-hour NBC Dateline special, in which he discussed the actions needed to ensure peace in Sudan.  In January 2011, Clooney took his second trip to the region. He and Prendergast attended the referendum, and succeeded in intensifying media coverage of the historic political process. His trip created a media storm, including appearances in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, MSNBC's Morning Joe, and  the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. George and John wrote op-eds in The Daily Beast, The Washington Post,the Wall Street Journal and

In March 2012, Clooney went on his third trip to Sudan and the new nation of South Sudan, where he produced a video chronicling atrocities being committed in the Nuba Mountains. Upon returning to DC, Clooney, Prendergast, and others were arrested protesting outside the Sudan embassy.

George has helped Enough in our efforts to bring peace to Sudan. You can help, too. Visit Enough to take action now.

George's  Involvement with Enough:

"Can You Spot The Human-Rights Abuses Here?", WiredUK magazine

In an eight-page profile story for WiredUK magazine, George Clooney, John Prendergast, and Jonathan Hutson discuss the Satellite Sentinel Project and the impact of the tracking human rights abuses with technology. 

The Crisis in the Sudans: The Urgency of U.S.-China Cooperation

In a op-ed, George Clooney and John Prendergast, discuss the urgency of the crisis in the Sudans and the dynamics for peacemaking in the region. 

Famine as a Weapon: It's Time to Stop Starvation in Sudan

In a lead story on, John Prendergast and George Clooney discuss the Khartoum regime's use of starvation as a weapon of war and how to end it.

What Drives George Clooney, Parade Magazine, Sept. 25,2011

George Clooney discusses recent projects and his legacy with working on issues in Sudan. He highlights his work with the Satellite Sentinel Project and his continued efforts in the region.

A Grand Bargain for Peace in Sudan, The Daily Beast, Nov. 6, 2010

George Clooney and John Prendergast outline goals for Sudan as it heads into the referendum, and the importance of real action to ensure violence does not take place.

George Clooney and John Prendergast: We can prevent the next Darfur, The Washington Post, Oct. 17, 2010

The violence that has been growing in Abyei prior to the referendum could put it at risk to become the next Darfur. The many details of the region and problems associated with diplomacy are outlined, as well as the most important steps that need to be taken to help stop the violence.

Obama's Opportunity to Help Africa, The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 22, 2008

As Obama heads to office, George Clooney, John Prendergast, and David Pressman help outline the importance of action in Sudan and Congo and what needs to be done in order to stop violence in the regions. The article outlines three main opportunities for Obama and how he can help the regions achieve peace.

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"Endgame in Sudan":

George Clooney addresses the situation in southern Sudan, and the importance of the January 9 referendum to help save the people from war.

"Morning Joe," MSNBC, January 19, 2011:

George Clooney and John Prendergast talk about the referendum in Sudan and their hopes that it will be a peaceful process


"The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," CNN, January 4, 2011:

George Clooney discusses the situation in Darfur with Wolf Blitzer, and the importance of the upcoming referendum.

"This Week with Christiane Amanpour," ABC, January 2, 2011:

George Clooney talks about the launch of the Satellite Sentinel Project, and how he hopes it will help prevent violence during the referendum.

"Larry King Live," CNN, October 15, 2010:

George Clooney and John Prendergast talk about the referendum and the current situation in Sudan with Larry King.

"The Winds of War: George Clooney in Sudan," December 4, 2010:

In a report on Dateline NBC, George Clooney talks about the importance of putting a spotlight on Sudan as they head into the referendum. He also talks about why he got involved, and why it is important to help.