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Clooney visits volatile Sudan area

George Clooney made a quiet visit to a volatile border region between Sudan and South Sudan last week, ahead of testifying before a US Senate committee.

The Defendants star and political activist met with South Sudan's minister of defence and a regional governor during his visit to the world's newest country, a government official revealed. He also met with President Salva Kiir, according to another anonymous official.

George is said to have made the dangerous crossing from South Sudan into Sudan's Nuba Mountains region, where he met with residents forced to seek shelter in caves because of aerial attacks by Sudan's military.

Violence has flared along the Sudan-South Sudan border since South Sudan seceded last year, and some experts worry the conflict could grow.

George, 50, previously travelled to what is now known as South Sudan in January 2011 as the region cast votes to secede from Sudan. The vote was the culmination of a peace deal that ended more than two decades of civil war.

After that visit, the Hollywood star helped found the Satellite Sentinel Project, which uses satellite imagery to track military movements and attacks in the hopes of bringing attention to and potentially heading off hostilities..

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