Actor and known human rights activist George Clooney recently contracted malaria on a visit to he Sudan, he tells Piers Morgan on an episode of Morgan’s new CNN talk show “Piers Morgan Tonight” airing Friday (Jan. 21). Clooney said it was the second time he had suffered from malaria due to his trips to third world countries.
A spokesman for Clooney tells the AP that the star is fine and he quotes 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.”
Clooney traveled to the Sudan in early January to show support for the impoverished country in the light of a referendum on separating the mostly Christian southern part of Africa from the mostly Muslim north.
The actor is trying to gather evidence that could be used again Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, who is wanted for war crimes and genocide by the International Criminal Court (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 tells Morgan.
See George and his father Nick Clooney on Friday’s episode (Jan. 21) of “Piers Morgan Tonight,” airing at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.