In three months, on January 9, the people of Southern Sudan will vote on whether to secede from the rest of the country. A civil war between Northern and Southern Sudan ended in 2005 after two decades of fighting, and an estimated two million people lost their lives. The vote could lead to another deadly war and genocide. Clooney asked Curry, “If you knew a tsunami, or Katrina or a Haiti earthquake was coming, what would you do to save people?”
Curry conducted a series of interviews with Clooney as they traveled along the border of Northern and Southern Sudan. The trip marks the second time they traveled together to the region. In February 2009 they made the journey to Chad to report on the violence and ethnic cleansing taking place in Darfur. Clooney is a longtime outspoken Darfur activist, and Curry has traveled to and reported from the region for NBC News six times.
In addition to the “Today” segment, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” will air Curry’s reports from Sudan next week, and in the coming months, “Dateline NBC” will air an hour-long special.