As the southern region of Sudan (Darfur) votes in a referendum on its independence today, George Clooney is already on the ground and all over CNN and other channels. Mr.Clooney has been a fierce supporter of the south and has promoted their case all over the media since 2005. He has been the face that represents the Christian south to the US media and people, if not the entire world.
It is no wonder that a lot of Americans and Europeans know what the word ‘Darfur’ means while little or virtually no one knows what ‘Nineveh Plain’ means!
Wouldn’t it be great if we had our own superstar celebrity to highlight and promote our plight on the international scene? I think Clooney, much respected and admired worldwide, plays a much bigger role than expensive lobbyists would. He has almost single-handedly given south Sudan their independence. It is important to note that the war in Sudan between the ruling Arab government in the north and the ethnically African Christian south, has resulted in more than 2.5 million deaths in more than two decades of fighting.
Ultimately, It is up to us to do the hard work and not rely on others, but sometimes no matter how hard you work, the outside media is in a total black-out. Celebrities such as George Clooney and Angelina Jolie have done so much humanitarian work and brought much needed attention to very poor and prosecuted parts of the world. These celebrities have done so much in their life and would like to pursue another purpose beyond fame and fortune. That is when they take on these humanitarian and political challenges for the poor and underrepresented in the third world.
Unfortunately, these Hollywood celebrities need to be told about the Assyrian Christian people of Iraq first, otherwise they will probably never know how serious our situation is.
Lady Gaga or Bruce Springsteen, wanna take a shot at this?
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