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Daily Telegraph: Rebels’ plea to George Clooney

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In a letter sent to George Clooney the rebels warned of an ‘imminent battle’ brewing in the Niger Delta

By Mike Pflanz, West Africa Correspondent
Last Updated: 9:43pm GMT 20/01/2008

Rebels in the Niger Delta yesterday called on the actor, George Clooney, to visit the region in his new capacity as UN messenger of peace.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, which has been responsible for the kidnapping of scores of foreigners, warned Clooney that its campaign against “oil exploitation” by firms, including Shell, was “building up to a crisis that will make Darfur an adjective for child’s play”.

An emailed letter sent to Clooney, and seen by The Daily Telegraph, from the rebels read: “Both sides of the conflict are building up arms for an imminent battle which can only be prevented with the intervention of well-meaning and credible peacemakers like you.”

More than 200 expatriates have been taken hostage in the area in the past two years. Several have been killed.
 
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