LONDON, July 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hollywood
actor George Clooney launched an initiative on Monday to track
down and help bring to justice those funding and profiting from
Africa's deadliest conflicts in a bid to fight corruption in war
Clooney joined forces with U.S. human rights activist John
Prendergast in a project called The Sentry that aims to
investigate the flow of money in and out of conflict zones and
give policymakers the tools to take effective action.
Using data collection, field research and analysis
technology, the initiative plans to expose how conflict is
financed and profits laundered, with a website encouraging
people to anonymously submit leaks and tips.
Clooney, 54, a campaigner who has led drives to highlight
the plight of refugees in Sudan, and Prendergast said the aim
was to "deny war profiteers the proceeds from their crimes".
"Real leverage for peace and human rights will come when the
people who benefit from war will pay a price for the damage they
cause," two-time Oscar winner Clooney said in a statement.
The initiative, launched days before U.S. President Barack
Obama visits Africa, will probe the financing of conflicts from
northeast to central Africa, including Democratic Republic of
Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan, and South Sudan.
It comes after figures from the think tank Project for the
Study of the 21st Century earlier this year found the death toll
in the world's most brutal conflicts climbed by more than 28
percent in 2014, with five African countries among the 10
This is not the first time that Clooney and Prendergast, a
former Africa director at the U.S. National Security Council who
founded the Enough Project in 2007, have worked together.
They united in 2010 on the Satellite Sentinel Project, which
used satellites to map evidence of human rights abuses.
The Sentry also has the backing of Not On Our Watch, an
organisation that Clooney co-founded with other actors including
Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle.
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