Clooney’s ‘bad 10 days’ in Sudan

2011-01-21 07:30

Los Angeles – Actor and rights activist George Clooney contracted

malaria during his recent visit to Sudan and had a “bad 10 days”, he said.

The A-list star jokingly agreed that Sudanese President Omar

al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes and genocide by the International

Criminal Court (ICC), may be to blame for the mosquito bite that infected

him.

“I guess the mosquito in Juba looked at me and thought I was the

bar,” he quipped, according to an advance copy of excerpts of an interview with

new CNN talk show host Piers Morgan.

Morgan, who took over from Larry King at the cable news channel

this week, asked whether Clooney thought al-Bashir had “detached a detail of

sickly, vengeful mosquitoes to target you whenever you arrive?”

“Yeah,” Clooney responded, pursuing the joke. “I think so.”

Malaria can cause fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea and

diarrhoea, as well as jaundice, turning the skin and whites of the eyes yellow.

Clooney said he had suffered from it twice, but did not elaborate on what

symptoms he had.

A spokesperson for Clooney told AFP the star was now well

again.

“George is completely over the malaria he contracted while in Sudan

during the first week in January. This was his second bout with it.”

And he quoted Clooney as saying: “This illustrates how, with proper

medication, the most lethal condition in Africa can be reduced to a bad 10 days

instead of a death sentence.”

Morgan, a media-savvy former British journalist turned talent show

host and celebrity expert, later tweeted: “Clooney malaria update: now have

24?563 offers to nurse him.

“But his rep says medication’s worked and he’s OK.

Sorry, ladies,”

Morgan added on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Clooney travelled to southern Sudan in early January in a show of

support for the impoverished region ahead of a referendum on separating the

mainly Christian, African south from the mainly Arab, Muslim north.

The actor was working on a Google-powered mapping project aimed at

preventing abuses in Sudan, and in theory to gather evidence that could be used

if al-Bashir was ever brought before the Hague-based ICC.

“We are hoping it is one of many tools to continue to apply

pressure, at the very least, to gather evidence that could be used at The Hague

later if there are infringements or rules broken,” he told Morgan.?

 

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