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George Clooney supporting Iraqi refugee at his home in Kentucky

The movie star and his wife's house guest is studying in Chicago.

George Clooney and his wife Amal are helping an Iraqi refugee make the most of a new life in America by putting him up in their Kentucky home.

In a new joint The Hollywood Reporter interview, the couple reveals the Yazidi refugee is now thriving as a student at the University of Chicago after surviving a living hell in his homeland.

"He was on this bus to Mosul, and ISIS (terrorists) shot the two bus drivers and said, 'Anybody who wants to go to college, we will shoot them'," George explains.

"He survived and came to America. He got through all the checks, and once he got through those, it was like, 'Listen, we got your back. You want to get an education? You want to move your life forward? This is something that we can do'."

Clooney's philanthropy has become legendary throughout the world, and the actor-director is now working on a new venture to bring peace to the Sudan.

After exposing the ethnic cleansing that the government was carrying out in Darfur following a series of dangerous trips to the region, often with his father Nick, Clooney helped fund South Sudan's independence in 2011.

But he explains that things haven't turned out as well as he'd hoped in the country, as the new president and vice president there are fighting for control of the nation's oil resources at the cost of lives and freedom.

"Within a year, it had devolved into the two being at war with each other," Clooney tells THR. "It's a man-made disaster of epic, epic proportions."

The star has hired forensic accountants, formerly with the FBI, to track the politicians' personal revenue, and he has been in touch with international bank bosses urging them not to support the tyranny in South Sudan.

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