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Thursday 10 July 2014

Clooney: Tequila funds Sudanese satellite

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jim Smeal/BEI / Rex Features (1933584k) George Clooney Carousel of Hope Ball, Benefitting the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Los Angeles, America - 20 Oct 2012

George Clooney is happy to report that the new line of tequila he released named Casamigos is helping to fund the satellite he has placed over Sudan that keeps tab on the despotic leader.

The 51-year-old actor, director and humanitarian recently released tequila named Casamigos.

The alcohol is getting excellent reviews and is selling well.

George is elated by the success of the product, because the profits help fund the satellite in the sky he has hovering over Sudan to keep tabs on the harrowing reign of despotic President Omar al-Bashir.

"Our tequila is doing really well so I'm just going to stick with that for a while," George told E! Online.

"I have a satellite over South Sudan that I'm trying to keep some people alive with. It costs me a lot of money every year so now I'm getting it paid for."

George made the dangerous mission to the volatile border region between Sudan and South Sudan in 2012, ahead of the testimony he gave before a US Senate committee on the humanitarian crisis in the African country.

He and his camera crew witnessed burned-out villages and saw residents seeking shelter in caves following aerial attacks on their homes by Sudan's military.

The guerrilla conflict in the Sudan region of Darfur began in 2003 when the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army and Justice and Equality Movement groups in Darfur took up arms. They accused the Sudan government of oppressing non-Arab Sudanese in favour of Sudanese Arabs.

George described the situation as “ethnic cleansing” and believes it was largely fuelled by disagreements over the oil supplies.

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