Clooney Travels To South Sudan Ahead Of Congressional Address

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March 13, 2012 | 6:56pm EST

George Clooney jetted to South Sudan last week to witness the country’s hunger crisis first hand and gather information before addressing members of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
The Descendants star is slated to speak before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about South Sudans’ oil feud with neighbouring Sudan, and, in order to stay abreast of the current situation in Africa, he risked his own personal safety and made a quick trip to the war-torn nation.

Clooney met with South Sudan’s president and minister of defense to discuss the fight over natural resources and he also visited residents, who have been forced to hide out in the Nuba Mountains due to the rise in Sudanese attacks on civilians.

Violence in the region has flared over the last year since the formation of the new nation in January, 2011, and human rights activists fear conditions will turn dire as citizens continue to seek shelter in caves, far from food and clean water.

This wasn’t the actor’s first trip to the area – Clooney launched the Satellite Sentinel Project after his trip to the region last year in a bid to monitor the actions of warlords in Sudan.