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George Clooney continued his quest last night to stop the atrocities occurring in Sudan.
"We hear these slogans and say them a lot—"not on our watch," "never again"—but the truth is that when it comes to innocent people being slaughtered, it always happens on our watch," the Oscar-winner said at last night's Carousel of Hope Ball, where he was honored with the Brass Ring Award. "It happens again and again and again."
Clooney said he is dedicated to helping end President Omar al-Bashir's horrific reign over Sudan.
"The truth is…were going to have to find lots of ways to make life miserable for people who make lives miserable," he said. "And more importantly…we have to continue to make life bearable for those whose situation has become unbearable."
One of Clooney's most impressive endeavors is financing a satellite that focuses on Sudan.
"It's an area that journalists can't get into," he said. "There's a good reason they can't get in is because the president of Sudan Omar al-Bishir is consistently and constantly killing innocent civilians."
Clooney said Bashir, who has been charged with war crimes against humanity, has publicly complained about the satellite.
"President Bashir posed the question, ‘How would Mr. Clooney like it if everywhere he went cameras were following him?'" Clooney said as the crowded ballroom erupted in laughter.
The actor added with a smile, "It sounds terrible."
"You can't make people do the right things," Clooney said, "but you can make it harder for them to do the wrong things."
The event, held at the Beverly Hilton, benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. Clooney's girlfriend Stacy Keibler was by his side. They sat at a table with Sidney Poitier, Jane Fonda, Quincy Jones, David Foster, Clive Davis and CAA honcho Bryan Lourd.
American Idol star Jessica Sanchez performed "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going."
"I just want to dedicate this song to George Clooney," the 17-year-old singer said before belting out her jaw-dropping rendition of the Dreamgirls song.