Clooney, Cheadle use star power to draw attention to corruption in South...

Clooney, Cheadle use star power to draw attention to corruption in South Sudan

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WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – Actors George Clooney and Don Cheadle were part of a team Monday that unveiled a report detailing extensive corruption at the hands of South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, ousted Vice President Riek Machar and other top officials.

“They’re stealing the money to fund their militias to attack and kill each other,” Clooney said during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “It involves arms dealers, international lawyers, international banks, international real estate.”

George Clooney, Photo by Doug Christian/Talk Media News
George Clooney, Photo by Doug Christian/Talk Media News

The report was the product of a two-year long investigation carried out by The Sentry, an initiative of the Enough Project founded by Clooney and activist John Prendergast.

The research found that members of the officials’ families have funneled fortunes through a variety of shell corporations.

It also includes photos garnered from social media depicting those close to the South Sudanese officials enjoying luxurious lifestyles that stand in stark contrast with those of everyday citizens in the new nation.

The full report can be read here.

George Clooney and The Sentry, Photo by Doug Christian/Talk Media News
George Clooney and The Sentry, Photo by Doug Christian/Talk Media News

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