Okay, so maybe things didn't go so well when George Clooney tried to play a hero in Batman & Robin, but now it looks like he's getting a second chance in real life.
Yesterday, a group founded by George Clooney announced that it's teaming up with Google, a U.N. agency, and anti-genocide organizations to launch "satellite surveillance of the border between north and south Sudan to try to prevent a new civil war after the south votes in a secession referendum next month."
Here's what Clooney had to say about it:
"We want to let potential perpetrators of genocide and other war crimes know that we're watching, the world is watching. War criminals thrive in the dark. It's a lot harder to commit mass atrocities in the glare of the media spotlight."
We wish U the best of luck with your peacekeeping efforts, George!
Instead of lounging in the lap of luxury, which he could easily be doing, Clooney has decided to get involved in Sudan to use his popularity as a celebrity to raise awareness to the possibility of another bloody conflict.
The country is positioned to split itself in two, they will be voting on January 9th to see if the secession will take place. If so, Clooney says that is most likely there will be a civil war and we need to start the prevention of that from occurring.
He believes no less than another full-on effort by the U.S. is needed to stop a civil war from breaking out again. There has even been reports that a military build up is beginning in the north.
Clooney spent a week traveling through the Sudan to remote, conflict-prone areas with John Prendergast, founder of the Enough Project, an anti-genocide advocacy group.
Clooney explains, “If you knew a tsunami or Katrina or a Haiti earthquake was coming, what would you do to save people?" He wants us to get involved.
Along with Today Show correspondent Ann Curry, George Clooney visited Southern Sudan this week before a vote took place that could result in the nation's independence and a possible civil war.
"If you knew a tsunami, or Katrina or a Haiti earthquake was coming, what would you do to save people?" asked Clooney.
The actor has visited a mass grave from 2008, slept in a hut with "frogs in the toilet…bugs the size of small countries on the beds" and traveled through the unstable border of North and South Sudan.
"In 100 days, people here will vote on whether to secede from the rest of Sudan, and war, even genocide is predicted," wrote Curry, referring to the area as "one of the most desperate places on Earth."
Risking your life for others - a true inspiration!
More than 20 participants of the Sudanese Next Top Model Fashion Show were detained by police on Thursday following the fashion event.
A source detailed what happened, saying police:
"Came to the club after the show and arrested between 20 and 30 people — not just models, but people doing the make- up, the people who provided the clothes. There was nothing bad about the clothes. There were wedding dresses, traditional Sudanese clothes, suits, clothes from local shops and tobs (traditional Sudanese wraparound dresses)."
All people detained were eventually released on Friday, except for 6 who had to report to police on Sunday for additional charges.
Police wouldn't comment on the matter, but Sudan's public order police are known to crackdown on indecent dress and drinking. And since this was the first public fashion show where men and women shared the runway, the po-po may have been a little more rambunctious than usual.