Superstar in town to discuss Darfur crisis
CAIRO: Hoping to succeed where diplomats have failed, Hollywood superstar George Clooney is in town to press action on the genocide in Sudan s Darfur region, The Daily Star Egypt has learned.
While Clooney is set to meet with Egyptian officials, who are seen as key brokers in the international community, he will also discuss the crisis with students today at a small gathering at the AmericanUniversity in Cairo (AUC) at 2 pm.
My understanding is he requested to speak with students while he was here, and those students obviously needed to speak English. So we were contacted, said Nancy Martin, an AUC spokeswoman.
Clooney, who is part of a delegation which includes other celebrities and Olympic athletes, was in China recently to press officials there into letting a UN peacekeeping force mediate the conflict, which has left an estimated 400,000 dead and displaced millions of others.
It s very specific, he wants to talk about Darfur, said Martin, who said the session will be closed to the public and will include about 30 lucky students.
Don Cheadle, star of the Oscar-nominated film “Hotel Rwanda , will also take part in the discussion. Both actors are known for their commitment to human rights issues and have spoken publicly on the need for the international community to take action in Darfur.