Less than a week has passed since George Clooney was named a United Nations Messenger Of Peace and he’s already receiving requests to lend a helping hand.
The first group to ask for assistance (and obviously stay on top of such honorary appointments) is the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta or MEND. These armed rebels are protesting against the Nigerian authorities. Since 2006, they have been making headlines for their bomb attacks on oil facilities of the African country and for kidnapping foreign workers in their efforts to secure control over the region’s oil.
In other words, they’re just like any other group Clooney might deal with on a day-to-day basis. Here’s a bit of the letter he received:
“Mr Clooney, MEND extends an invitation to you to see things for yourself and is willing to work with you and other credible peace makers of international repute to stop Nigeria from plunging into the abyss of war.”
Sounds pretty heavy. I’m not sure this is exactly what George had in mind when he accepted the job — but I’m not going to say he won’t do something to intervene either.
Perhaps he could send a hologram like Charles or Al?