In America, Africa is no longer the dark continent. Hollywood’s finest, including George Clooney and Mia Farrow, have blazed a trail to Darfur, followed by increasing numbers of politicians. Clooney’s latest film, Ocean’s 13, raised $10m to help refugees who have fled the onslaught of the Sudanese government and its Janjaweed militia. Vanity Fair, the celebrity bible, devoted its July edition to Africa, filling the pages with upbeat copy on the continent’s heritage and glittering prospects.
It is easy to satirise the juxtaposition of movie A-listers and the wretched of the earth. But for all the celebrity blather, something is…
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