Stepping up his efforts to raise awareness about the killings in Sudan's Darfur region, Oscar-winning actor George Clooney this week led a small delegation of activists, among them fellow actor Don Cheadle and two former Olympians, to meet with high-ranking government officials in China.
The group planned to travel from Beijing to Cairo for more talks today, before returning to the United States later in the week.
According to a representative for Clooney, the actor organized the trip to make a personal plea to Chinese and Egyptian officials to use their ties with the Sudanese government to help stop the violence.
Since 2003, about 200,000 people have been killed in an ongoing ethnic conflict in Darfur, a region of western Sudan. Another 2.5 million people have been displaced.