After being off the radar for while, Amal Clooney recently opened up about hosting a Yazidi Refugee, Hazim Avdal, into her and George Clooney’s home in the U.S. The human right lawyer represented a minority Kurdish group who were prosecuted by ISIS.
When 23-year-old Avdal revealed his need to further his education in the company of the Clooneys, the couple helped the boy who’s now a student at the University of Chicago and lives with the couple in their house in Kentucky.
The couple Skyped with David Letterman as part of an interview focused on George Clooney, which landed on Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction over the weekend.
“I’ve had the privilege of representing a number of Yazidis who have been the victims of genocide perpetrated by ISIS over the past couple of years, that’s how I met Hazim,” said the couple.
“And when I met him, I remember being so struck by his courage but also just his amazing spirit and how he spoke about, even after everything he lost, he spoke about his desire for justice, not revenge,” Amal continued.
The Clooneys’ refugee aid extends to outside their home. In a Hollywood Reporter profile from September, the actor revealed he and his wife are donating $20 million to their own Clooney Foundation for Justice to benefit refugee education and house, and construct a “trial watch” to provide legal protections.