How George And Amal Clooney Helped An Iraqi Refugee Fleeing ISIS
"I remember being so struck by his courage," Amal Clooney said.
George and Amal Clooney are famous for more than just their stunning good looks and respective careers as an actor and an international human rights attorney. The couple is also well-known for their activism and philanthropic work. In an interview for David Letterman’s new Netflix show, the Clooneys opened up about their decision to sponsor a refugee fleeing ISIS violence and help him rebuild his life in the U.S.
His name is Hazim Adval and he is Yazidi, a religious group persecuted by ISIS. Thousands of Yazidi men have been killed and thousands of women and children have been taken captive.
Amal Clooney met Adval through her human rights work, she told Letterman.
“I remember being so struck by his courage but also just this amazing spirit and how he spoke about even after everything he’d lost, he spoke about a desire for justice, not revenge,” Amal explained. “He spoke about his dream of one day studying in the U.S. and I know we all had the same thought which was, well, maybe there’s something we can do to help with that.”
Adval came to the United States last year. He lives near George’s parents in Kentucky when he is not studying at the University of Chicago.
The Clooneys’ episode of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” will be available to stream on Feb. 16 but you can check out a clip below:
For those who were also hoping to get a glimpse at the Clooneys’ personal life through the interview, George did reveal some sweet and goofy details about how he tried to woo Amal in the beginning of their relationship.
He explained, “I would write her letters from Einstein [his dog] to her saying, ‘I’m being held hostage and I need a lawyer to get me out of the room!'”
How charming! Clearly it must have worked. The Clooneys are now married and parents to twins, Ella and Alexander.
[H/t CBS News]