George Clooney has teamed up with the Enough Project to launch a new initiative which will focus on tracking money that funds deadly warfare in Africa.
According to The Huffington Post, the project, entitled The Sentry, will use tools like open-source data and field reporting to track money coming from trafficking, government corruption and smuggling. That money often goes toward the unnecessary violence on the continent. Stopping these illegal profits are vital to truly face the causes of conflicts like the ones in in Sudan, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Enough Project’s founding director, John Prendergast.
“Conventional tools of diplomacy usually have not helped end conflicts because they don’t alter the calculations of those fueling war and committing atrocities,” he said in a statement. “Given the current profitability of conflict, new efforts must center on how to make war more costly than peace. The objective of The Sentry is to follow the money and deny those 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,” George said in a press release.
The Sentry has already released four country briefs that expose illegal financial operations in Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic. In the future, the group intends to produce more reports, policy papers and recommendations to help governments and nongovernmental organizations halt these operations. “Without countering systematic looting by governments and rebel groups, peace and protection efforts stand little chance of success,” Omer Ismail, a Sentry analyst, said in a statement. “The good news story that Africa has become, and which in the next days the President will appropriately highlight, in many parts of the continent will continue to be undermined by these hijacked states and their long-running, predatory civil wars.”
This is a highly important project that George has dedicated himself to. I truly hope that The Sentry will be able to track more illegal operations that are funding these conflicts in Africa, and assist to bring them to a stop.
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