Darfur refugees made George Clooney cry
George Clooney risked his life to travel to report on the atrocities in Darfur in Sudan, and was left devastated after meeting famished children in refugee camps.india Updated: Jun 26, 2007 16:36 IST
George Clooney seems to be becoming one of his generation's most politically and socially active stars. The Ocean's 13 star recently used his celebrity status to campaign for a cause, which is very close to his heart.
Clooney, along with his reporter dad Nick, risked his life to travel to report on the atrocities in Darfur in Sudan, and was left devastated after meeting famished children in refugee camps.
We were there for ten days. As George put it, "there wasn't a moment there I didn't think we could get killed, twice George had armed guys take his tapes away from him," The Sun quoted Nick, as saying.
"We saw 30,000 refugees in a camp in neighbouring Chad. I saw things we thought finished with World War II," he added.
"Nick also added that George was determined to make use of his celebrity status to spread awareness about these people.
"George said, Look pop, if they are going to follow me around with those cameras anyway why don't we make some use of it? He said, Let's go to Darfur, you be the reporter and I'll be Elizabeth Taylor," he said.
Nick said that his son was left close to tears after seeing and meeting the starved children in refugee camps.
It was very painful for George. There are so many ways they can die. They had nothing, no possessions. We saw refugees sleeping by the side of the road and under trees,? he said.
George and his father visited the war-torn African nation last year to film a documentary shown on the Community Channel in Britain.
First Published: Jun 26, 2007 16:03 IST