George Clooney Won't Let You Overlook Sudan Again

The actor/activist's new effort to keep attention on the volatile region.

This article is from Issue 50: Mar/Apr 2011

When George Clooney isn’t appearing on the big screen, he’s speaking out on social issues—and now he’s set his sights on Sudan. The region was engaged in a decades-long war until 2005, when a peace agreement granted Southern Sudan autonomy for six years. Well, it’s now six years later, and a controversial vote earlier this year could plunge the country into renewed turmoil: In January, Southern Sudan voted on a referendum to establish its independence. Even before the votes were tallied, rebel soldiers from Darfur had begun launching attacks on Sudan’s army.