Clooney compares Houston to Syria
George Clooney says the storm devastation wrought in Houston is akin to the damage suffered in war-torn Syria.
The movie star made the analogy at a press conference to promote his latest directorial effort, Suburbicon, at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Clooney urged people to help Houston residents still reeling from the aftermath of hurricane Harvey, declaring: “Houston is Syria, quite honestly.”
The movie star said victims of the storm are now refugees “based on something that had nothing to do with them.”
He also expressed concern for those in Florida, where a category 4 hurricane plowed through the Florida Keys hours earlier with 215 km/h winds.
An estimated 127,000 people have taken cover in shelters statewide as rain knocked out power to more than one million customers.
Talk turned political early on in Sunday’s press conference, where Clooney and stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Karimah Westbrook freely delved into current events.
“People in Houston are now refugees based on something that had nothing to do with them,” Clooney said of the disaster, which devastated much of Texas, caused at least 60 deaths and up to $180 billion US in damage.
“They are now victims. And they are out of their homes and they’re going to be suffering for a long time. And much like the people and children in Syria we are going to have to find ways to be involved. That is our job as citizens of the world and all of us are going to find our ways to do that.”
Moore agreed, wondering what it will take to “get beyond tribalism and nationalism and think of ourselves as human beings of the world.”
“This is happening everywhere, where people are being forced out of their homes and their nations and are looking for a place to go,” said Moore.
“And the only way we can help each other is by eradicating all of those borders and thinking globally.”
george Clooney expressed his concern for the victims of hurricane Harvey on Sunday in toronto.