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George Clooney Responds to Sudan Crisis in Vice News Op-Ed

In anticipation of the season two finale of HBO’s news magazine “Vice,” George Clooney and Satellite Sentinel Project co-founder John Prendergast have penned an op-ed piece on the situation in Sudan that went live on the Vice News site Wednesday morning.

The finale follows host Ben Anderson as he travels to Sudan to see how conditions have worsened for the displaced.

In their op-ed, Clooney and Prendergast lament this humanitarian crisis and the fact that 2.5 million people have been killed in various conflicts in Sudan over the last 20 years, something Clooney has been vocal about in the past.

The two also explain that the findings of their Satellite Sentinel Project, a non-profit aimed at preventing mass atrocities, have often been overlooked or intentionally brushed aside.

“Sudan’s Air Force has acquired more accurate bomber planes and more destructive bombs to intensify its aerial assault against civilian targets in the war zones, in total defiance of feckless UN Security Council resolutions,” the piece reads. “Our Satellite Sentinel Project captures frequent satellite imagery of communities leveled by bombing raids. So far, that evidence has been ignored.”

While the majority of the article addresses the current conditions, the lack of attention the Sudanese have received and what needs to be done, Clooney and Prendergast also remain hopeful, citing the work of the Clinton Administration to impose UN Security Council sanctions on Sudan in 1995 for its role in international terrorism.

“The situation may sound hopeless — but that is not the case,” they write. “This is a crisis America can help resolve. On a number of past occasions, the US has used its influence to bring about positive outcomes in Sudan.

Clooney and Prendergast also penned an op-ed for the Daily Beast in December to address similar concerns.

A portion of the upcoming episode of “Vice,” titled “The Forgotten War,” will address the current situation and level of violence in Sudan.

The series was recently renewed for two more seasons, slated to air in 2015 and 2016.

The season two finale of “Vice” airs June 13.

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