Actor George Clooney, just back from Africa, said Thursday that Americans should not “turn our heads and look away” from genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. The Academy Award winner, just returned from a five-day trip to the region, told a packed room at the National Press Club that he wants to use his “credit card” as a Hollywood star to highlight the plight of 2 million desperate refugees. He won the Academy Award for best supporting actor this year for his role in the politically charged thriller “Syriana.” “Is the American government slow to act? Of course we’re slow to act, we always are,” Clooney said, referring to prior U.S. interventions. “It’s something that has to start today,” Clooney said. “If we don’t get to work on it today, there’s a few thousand people who will be dead by the end of the week.” Traveling with a cameraman, Clooney and his father, Nick – a former TV anchorman – documented horrible conditions in Sudanese refugee camps. He showed video excerpts of their interviews with families who said militias murder civilians, rape women and lay waste to villages. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!