The Sentry, an initiative of the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch, has announced a $1 million gift from co-founder George Clooney in support of efforts to track down war criminals and their financial networks in Africa.
Made through the Clooney Foundation for Justice, the lead gift to The Sentry's $6 million "Making War Criminals Pay" campaign will help the Washington, D.C.-based initiative's team of policy analysts, regional experts, and financial forensic investigators expand their dossiers, with a focus on helping regulatory and law enforcement authorities prosecute or seize the assets of those who finance and benefit from genocide and other war crimes. To date, the initiative has attracted a total of $3.45 million from a group of supporters that includes Don Cheadle, Carl Allen, Ruben Vardanyan, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, and three donors who wish to remain anonymous.
The funds raised also will support the publication of reports focused on state looting and illicit financial flows out of the war-torn countries of South Sudan, Sudan, Congo, Somalia, and the Central African Republic, and will be used to expand the initiative's activities as a partner of the #KeepThePromise campaign, which is aimed at countering genocide and educating the public about previous episodes of mass slaughter like the Armenian Genocide.
"Our focus is to make sure that war crimes don't pay," said Clooney. "We want to make it more difficult for those willing to kill en masse to secure their political and economic objectives. When we're able to go after the warlords' wallets and bankrupt those who choose the bullet over the ballot, suddenly the incentives are for peace, not war; transparency, not corruption."
(Photo credit: The Sentry)