George Clooney Urges Action on Darfur Genocide
Posted on Apr 28, 2006
The Academy Award-winning actor said at a press conference with Sens. Barack Obama and Sam Brownback, “What we cannot do is turn our heads and look away and hope that this will somehow disappear.”
WASHINGTON—Oscar winner George Clooney Friday joined two senators, Republican Sam Brownback of Kansas and Democrat Barack Obama, to appeal for greater action to address what is being described as genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.
The three urged more attention across the board—by the United States, other nations and world institutions.
“What we cannot do is turn our heads and look away and hope that this will somehow disappear,” Clooney said.
“Because if we do, they will. They will disappear,” he said, noting that an “entire generation of people will be gone. Then, only history will be left to judge us.” He pointed to the massacres in Rwanda, Cambodia and the Balkans in recent years. (Watch Clooney get passionate about Darfur—1:59)
AP / Mannie Garcia
Hollywood’s George Clooney, left, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., take part in a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Friday to foster awareness of the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.