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George Clooney feels people can make a difference

Actor-filmmaker George Clooney believes in the power of individuals making a difference.

In a video address at the awards ceremony of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity held on May 28 in Yerevan Armenia the Oscar-winning actor said: I really would have been (in Yerevan) but if I came there and my wife had twins while I was there I could never come home.

Clooney s wife Amal an international human rights lawyer whom he married in 2014 is due to give birth in June.

Clooney who was in Yerevan last year when he presented the award at the inaugural Aurora ceremony is co-chair of the award s prize selection committee.

A co-founder of humanitarian organisations The Sentry and Not on Our Watch he has highlighted humanitarian crises in Sudan Darfur and other parts of Africa.

At the event the $1.1 million Aurora Prize went to American doctor Tom Catena a Catholic missionary who has saved thousands of lives working as the sole doctor permanently based in Sudan s war-ravaged Nuba Mountains reports hollywoodreporter.com.

As violence and war continue to threaten people s spirits and perseverance it is important to recognize empower and celebrate people like Dr. Catena who are selflessly helping others to not only survive but thrive Clooney said.

Dr. Catena is a role model to us all and yet another example of people on the ground truly making a difference.

The Aurora prize launched last year was set up to honour the survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1915-1923 and to inspire others today to follow the example of people of all nationalities who at that time came to the aid of people suffering in one of the earliest and at the time biggest humanitarian crises of the 20th century.

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