Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from an op-ed which originally appeared on VICE News. George Clooney, co-founder of Not On Our Watch, and John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, together founded the Satellite Sentinel Project.
Under the cover of darkness, in a world whose attention is diverted by more camera-accessible crises in Ukraine, Syria, and the Central African Republic (CAR), the Sudan government has revived and intensified its genocidal strategy in the main war zones of Sudan. No media is allowed. The few aid organizations still permitted to operate there are under strict agreement to do so quietly. And the United Nations mission in Darfur has recently been implicated in a broad institutional cover-up of both the scale of devastation, and of the Sudan government’s direct role in creating the crisis.
Sudan may be the world’s most murderous conflict. But the suffering of its people has been obscured, redacted, made silent.
More than 2.5 million people have already perished in various conflicts in Sudan over the last two decades. It is almost unfathomable that things could get worse, yet today the scale of violence is rising to unprecedented levels, a fact demonstrated by Ben Anderson’s upcoming segment on this Friday’s episode of VICE on HBO…
Watch the VICE HBO series finale "Surveillance City and the Forgotten War" which highlights the ongoing conflict in Sudan and the effects of flagging international attention to the issue on HBO Friday June 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM EST.
Photo: George Clooney and John Prendergast in South Sudan. (Matt Brown/Enough Project)