The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Humanity – “Is George Clooney There?”

Posted on August 7, 2012

“Is George Clooney right there, with you? Can you see if we can get an interview with him?” This wasn’t the request I had been hoping for. Yes, George Clooney was in south Sudan, as was former president Jimmy Carter, but the real reason we were all there as international observers was to oversee the southern Sudanese referendum in an effort to attest to its credibility. It was big international news and had profound implications for all of Africa. So I was a little taken aback when a Canadian national network reached me near the border of Darfur, virtually ignoring the significance of events swirling all around us and wanting to talk to the famed Hollywood actor. In truth, Clooney was confined to his room…

Winds of Change – From Darfur to Independence

Posted on January 20, 2011

I had only just been elected for a month when in January 2007 we journeyed with a large team of businesswomen to oversee our programs in south Sudan. All was normal until the third day, when someone approached us saying that thousands of internally displaced families from Darfur had been found hiding in the swamps and forests of a region north and west of where we were. My wife Jane and I made the decision to investigate and the rest of the team voiced their desire to accompany us. We didn’t know it at the time, but it was about to change the very nature of our work in that region. What we found was a devastated form of humanity. We found families who…


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