George Clooney and his wife Amal are allowing a Yazidi refugee from Iraq to live at their house in Augusta, Kentucky.
The actor and human rights lawyer have invited the refugee, who is now a student at the University of Chicago, to live at their property.
George hails from the blue glass state and many of his family members still live there.
The Ocean’s 11 star told the Hollywood Reporter at his home in Lake Como, Italy: ‘[The refugee] was on this bus to Mosul, and ISIS shot the two bus drivers and said, “Anybody who wants to go to college, we will shoot them.”
George Clooney and his wife Amal are allowing a Yazidi refugee from Iraq to live at their house in Kentucky.
‘He survived and came to America. He got through all the checks, and once he got through those, it was like, “Listen, we got your back. You want to get an education? You want to move your life forward? This is something that we can do.”‘
George, 56, did not give the refugee’s name or say how long he has been living at the property.
The Clooneys are famous for helping refugees from overseas. In July, the couple released a statement confirming that Google, HP and Unicef will work with the The Clooney Foundation for Justice, opening the schools for more than 3,000 refugee children in Lebanon.
The statement read in part: ‘Our goal with this initiative is to help provide Syrian refugee children with an education and put them on a path to be the future leaders their generation desperately needs.’
George, 56, said the refugee was threatened by ISIS terrorists while he was on a bus in Mosul
This year Amal, 39, made headlines when she represented Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad who was kidnapped and forced into sex slavery by ISIS.
Amal has been pushing the UN to take more action against the terrorist group, saying: ‘Not one ISIS militant has faced trial for international crimes anywhere in the world. Why is it that nothing has been done?’
George Clooney spoke to the Hollywood Reporter at him home in Lake Como
‘I can not understand why you are letting ISIS get away with it. I ask the Iraqi government and the U.N. to establish an investigation and give all the victims of ISIS the justice they deserve.
‘Don’t let this be another Rwanda where you regret doing too little, too late,’ she urged. ‘Don’t let ISIS get away with genocide.’
The cover story interview with the Hollywood Reporter touched on a variety of topics: including George’s charity work in Sudan, his love for Amal and fatherhood.
George and Amal became first-time parents in June with the birth of their twins Alexander and Ella.
‘[Fatherhood] had never been part of my DNA,’ the two-time Oscar winner admitted in Wednesday’s issue of the magazine.
‘The first thing you think is, “I hope I don’t screw this up”…But I’m a very good diaper guy, which I didn’t know I would be.’
He also revealed how he popped the question to Amal in 2014. She is his second wife.
George said when he proposed: ‘It was 20 minutes of me on my knee, waiting for her to say yes, because she was so shocked. She only said yes when Goody, Goody came on, which isn’t very romantic – it’s kind of mean: “So you met someone who set you back on your heels, goody, goody.”‘
George’s also promoted his sixth feature directorial project Suburbicon – starring Julianne Moore and Matt Damon – which hits theaters October 27.