by Chi Ibe
Actor George Clooney, 50, was arrested and detained alongside his father yesterday, 16 March during a human rights protest at the Sudanese embassy in Washington DC.
The actor and his father were arrested for civil unrest but have been released after paying bail of $100 (£63).According to the BBC, the Hollywood star, his father and fellow activists had been led away in handcuffs after ignoring repeated police warnings to leave the embassy grounds.
Clooney addressed reporters after his release saying his major concern was the fate of those in the region.”Best estimate is tens of thousands of people are going to die from starvation… this isn’t a famine, this is a man-made tragedy by the government of Khartoum to get these people to leave,” he said.
The BBC claims that Clooney has called on the Sudanese government to permit humanitarian aid in to the area immediately and to “stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children”.
The UN estimates that nearly 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million been displaced since the Darfur conflict broke out in 2003.