Wednesday 17 January 2018

Split will make Southern Sudan poorer but safer

Actor George Clooney talks to a journalist in Juba this week during the
south Sudan referendum
Actor George Clooney talks to a journalist in Juba this week during the south Sudan referendum

Con Coughlin

George Clooney, the Hollywood actor who spends increasing amounts of his spare time playing the role of a globe-trotting peace activist, has hardly been able to contain his excitement over this week's controversial referendum on splitting Sudan in two.

"It is something to see people actually voting for their freedom," the 'Ocean's Eleven' star gushed as he mingled with the long queues of tribesfolk patiently waiting to cast their votes. "That's not something you see often in life."

The 49-year-old was speaking as an estimated four million voters in southern Sudan, predominantly Christians, took part in a plebiscite that will decide whether the south is divided from the north to form a new nation.

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