Clooney: Christian Ministries Key to Helping in Sudan

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WASHINGTON -- Hollywood actor George Clooney is using his star power to shine the light on human rights abuses in Sudan.

He credits the work of Christian aid groups for providing healing and relief.

Clooney returned from a trip to Sudan this week to document cases of bombing attacks, burned-down villages, and ethnic killings against people living near the border of South Sudan.

He shared some of the victims' stories, including one about a boy who lost both hands during a bombing raid.

He's urging lawmakers on Capitol Hill to increase pressure on the Muslim-dominated north to stop what he calls "war crimes."

In a one-on-one interview, Clooney told CBN News that Christian ministries play a key role in helping those suffering.

"They lead the work a lot of times here," he said. "When we were at the Darfur rally it was ministers. It was a lot of people of faith that had been working very hard on this."

"So in some ways I'm trying to honor whatever part I can in the hard work that they do because I'm a big fan of all of the work that's being done," he added. "And people really put their hearts and souls in it."

Clooney also credited CBN founder Dr. Pat Robertson for speaking out against the Sudanese government.

"When Bono was doing his 'One' campaign, that's when I met Pat Robertson. I said to Bono, 'Who do you have from sort of the Christian world?' And he was like, 'I don't know.' And I said, 'What about Pat Robertson?'" he recalled.

"So I called him (Robertson) up, and I said, 'Listen, we're not going to agree on too many things, but there's no two sides to this issue, and you and I can work together on this. And he said great. And he's been terrific on this," Clooney said.

Meanwhile, Clooney will be meeting Thursday with President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to address the humanitarian crisis.
***CBN News will have more about Clooney's cause and the developments in Sudan in coming days.

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