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Posted at 8:02 AM ET, 12/29/2010

George Clooney likes to watch... Sudan

By Liz Kelly

Clooney visited the White House in October to talk about Sudan. (Getty Images)

A group founded by George Clooney has teamed up with Google, Harvard, a U.N. agency and anti-genocide organizations to launch a project using satellites to watch Sudan.

Clooney's Not on Our Watch is on the alert for any war crimes violations ahead of a referendum vote scheduled for Jan. 9 in which the south could vote to secede. The vote has revived fears of a potential north-south civil war, according to the Associated Press.

"We want to let potential perpetrators of genocide and other war crimes know that we're watching, the world is watching," Clooney said in a statement. "War criminals thrive in the dark. It's a lot harder to commit mass atrocities in the glare of the media spotlight."

In October, Clooney, a longtime advocate for the people of Sudan, visited D.C. to voice his concerns at a Council on Foreign Relations press conference.

"If we're going to avoid what we have seen happen twice before with the same players in the north, south and Darfur," said Clooney in October, "we can't just sit back and think, well, if we just let it play out, maybe this time it will be better."

Source: The Associated Press

By Liz Kelly  | December 29, 2010; 8:02 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  George Clooney  
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Deployed to central Sudan/Muba Mountains in early 2002 in support of the cease fire in Nuba Mountains for the purpose of providing humanitarian aid to the population. The government of Bashir was starving out the Nuba Mountain people (mostly Dinka)..I saw this with my own eyes. Babies so far beyond assistance, that even food given was not enough to save these kids.

Bombs dropped from high attitude indiscriminately to terrorize the population was a common daily even until the cease fire was signed in February of 2002. The bomb craters and un-exploded bombs were everywhere.

The Bashir government is absolutely guilty of genocide..in the case of Nuba..by starvation.

The initiative of Mr. Clooney and others is excellent...calling to the attention of th world what happened in Sudan then and later with Darbur.

The succession vote will pass...and the south will succeed from Sudan making Southern Sudan the newest country in Africa.

With new initiatives to pump southern oil through to Uganda (Lake Albert pumping station..as planned) or through Kenya will provide the resource money to sustain the GOSS.

But, hopefully the freedom and increased wealth will assist all southerns...no just a few..but all. And this should be the next step in the international community..to assure greed, corruption and graft does not affect Africa's newest country..but, rather a model of what can be done.

To the SPLA/M...justice is finally here..make the best of it for all.

RH
Nuba Mts/2002
Juba/2008
Uganda/2010

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Posted by: sasago | December 30, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: sasago | December 30, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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