What is it With Superstars and War Crimes?

World famous celebrities are shining the spotlight on issues often neglected by news agencies by drawing attention to under-reported conflicts in Africa.

U.S. President Barack Obama discusses the situation in Sudan with actor George Clooney in 2010.

  • Africa:  Superstars and War Crimes

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 28 March 2012

    George Clooney testifying before the US Senate earlier this month that the Sudanese government is launching repeated and unlawful attacks on unarmed civilians (and then getting ... read more »

  • Central Africa:  Listen to George Clooney (column)

    Sudan Tribune, 24 March 2012

    Hollywood human rights advocacy will always have to contend with the sneering, knowing contempt of many a professional observer, especially when the subject is Sudan. read more »

  • Sudan:  Kiir, U.S. Actor Clooney Discuss Security Matters

    Sudan Tribune, 13 March 2012

    South Sudan leader, Salva Kiir on Sunday met US peace activist George Clooney and his counterpart John Prendergast during which the trio reportedly discussed the worsening ... read more »

  • Sudan:  Open Letter to George Clooney From Sudan Change Now (document)

    Sudan Tribune, 19 March 2012

    An open letter to actor George Clooney from Sudan Change Now: read more »

  • North Africa:  Angelina Jolie Meets With Refugee 'Boat People'

    UN News Service, 19 June 2011

    On the eve of this year's World Refugee Day, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie joined the United Nations refugee chief on a visit on Sunday to Lampedusa, where they met some of the ... read more »

  • Africa:  Drogba Urges Continent to Adhere to Fair Elections

    Tanzania Daily News, 28 October 2010

    WITH only two days to go before Tanzania holds general elections, football superstar Didier Drogba has seemingly reminded the nation and the rest of the world on how democratic and ... read more »

  • Africa:  Football Superstar Calls for Fair Elections

    United Nations Development Programme, 28 October 2010

    Football superstar Didier Drogba today kicks off a campaign to call attention to how democratic and transparent elections around the world could be an important tool for lifting ... read more »

  • Africa:  Celebrities Join Push for Action on the Millennium Development Goals

    United Nations Development Programme, 1 September 2010

    UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors actor Antonio Banderas, tennis player Maria Sharapova and footballers Didier Drogba, Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, are among a group of celebrities who, ... read more »

Angelina Jolie with UN troops in eastern DR Congo in 2003.

  • Africa:  Angelina Jolie and UNHCR Chief Guterres Visit Boat People on Italian Island

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 19 June 2011

    Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and UNHCR chief António Guterres met boat people, including unaccompanied minors, on a tiny Italian island on Sunday and remembered those ... read more »

  • Libya:  Angelina Jolie Visits Tunisia Border, Urges Support for Displaced (press release)

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 5 April 2011

    UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie on Tuesday travelled to the Tunisian-Libyan border to urge greater international support for people fleeing fighting in Libya. read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Oprah Gives U.S.$1.5m for School's Reconstruction

    The Herald, 15 July 2011

    RECONSTRUCTION of Matau Primary School in Hurungwe district courtesy of a US$1,5 million donation from popular international television personality, Oprah Winfrey, commences in the ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Oprah Commends Citizens Spirit of Forgiveness

    BuaNews, 25 June 2011

    Oprah Winfrey has applauded the ability of South Africans, particularly those in the Free State, to forgive. read more »

  • Southern Africa:  Michelle Obama Heads to South Africa, Botswana

    BuaNews, 20 June 2011

    US First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to land in South Africa this evening. During her visit, she will engage young people about youth leadership, education, health and ... read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Naomi Campbell - Warrior As Model (opinion)

    Vanguard, 20 August 2010

    SUPER British model Naomi Campbell initially declined when invited to testify against former Liberian president, Charles Taylor at his ongoing trial at the United Nations special ... read more »

  • Sierra Leone:  Mia Farrow And Carole White Contradict Naomi Campbell's Testimony

    CharlesTaylorTrial.org, 14 August 2010

    The much anticipated testimonies of three celebrity witnesses were concluded this week with Hollywood actress Mia Farrow and modeling agent Carole White both contradicting the ... read more »

  • Sierra Leone:  Football Star and UN Envoy Marta Spotlights Efforts to Empower Sierra Leone's Women

    UN News Service, 1 September 2011

    The world's top female football player and United Nations advocate Marta Vieira da Silva is on a mission to Sierra Leone to highlight efforts to empower women in the West African ... read more »

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