George Clooney is set to speak about the violence in Sudan, a matter close to his heart, at a U.S. Senate hearing.
The 49-year-old actor is a United Nations "Messenger of Peace" and in October 2010, he visited the southern part of the war-torn African nation to raise awareness of regional violence and contracted malaria during his travels.
After his trip, Clooney helped start the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aims to raise awareness about the bloodshed in the region by capturing satellite images of "possible threats to civilians, detect bombed and razed villages or note other evidence of pending mass violence," according to its website.
He is set to speak about the problems plaguing Sudan and about the project at a hearing for the Senate Comittee on Foreign Relations at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 14, along with fellow co-founder and human rights activist John Prendergast. The hearing will be presided by Senator John Jerry.
Relations between residents of the northern part of Sudan, which is mostly Muslim, and the oil-rich south, whose people are mostly Christian, have soured since a 2005 peace deal and violence in the region has risen, as have disputes over oil production and distribution. The peace agreement ended the country's longest civil war, which lasted for about 20 years and killed more than 2 million people.