(Video)George Clooney and dad arrested:still shining the spotlight on Sudan
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(Video)George Clooney and dad arrested:still shining the spotlight on Sudan

Umm Durmān : Sudan | Mar 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM PDT
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Clooney arrested in Washington

Actor George Clooney and his 79-year-old dad Nick were arrested in Washington D.C. on Friday, reports CNN.

Also arrested were some Congressmen and activists protesting outside the Sudanese embassy. The actor and his father have long been avid fighters for the people of Dafur in Sudan, Africa and this time there are trying to draw attention to the plight of many still in danger.

The bloody genocide in Dafur has subsided after the 20 year civil-war ended in 2005 and the war torn country was split into two parts, with the South gaining its independence in June 2011. Despite the secession, the Government is still waging war on the South sympathizers who now find themselves at the border on the Northern side.

This region called the Nuba mountains, is reportedly home to over 200,000 people whom the Sudanese government is allegedly starving by blocking humanitarian groups from delivering food and other forms of aid.

Clooney, his dad and all the other activists arrested feel strongly that mass starvation will engulf the Nuba if the Sudanese government continue to punish the people who live there.

They are trying to put pressure on that government to stop the inhumane practices of punishing civilians to get at militias. Clooney also met with President Obama and Congress on Friday to discuss the looming crisis.

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