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George Clooney skips peace prize ceremony over fears he’d miss twins’ birth

George Clooney missed a peace prize ceremony he oversees as he feared his wife Amal could go into labour.
The Hollywood superstar, 56, was supposed to travel to Yerevan, Armenia to help present the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity on Sunday (28May17), but instead sent a video address.
Explaining his absence he said,”I really would have been (in Yerevan) but if I came there and my wife had twins while I was there, I could never come home.”
Amal, 39, an international human rights lawyer, is due to give birth in June (17), but expectant mothers carrying twins often go into labour early.
After marrying in 2014, the couple moved to a $25.6 million (£20 million) home on the River Thames in Berkshire, England.
George, who is co-chair of the prize’s selection committee, travelled to Yerevan last year (16) for the inaugural ceremony.
The 2017 Aurora Prize went to American doctor Tom Catena, a Catholic missionary from New York, who has been working as a doctor in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, where government forces are accused of committing genocide against local people.
Praising the medic, George added, “As violence and war continue to threaten people’s spirits and perseverance, it is important to recognise, empower and celebrate people like Dr. Catena who are selflessly helping others to not only survive, but thrive. Dr. Catena is a role model to us all, and yet another example of people on the ground truly making a difference.”
The Hail, Caesar! actor has a particular interest in Sudan, having long campaigned to end famine and war in the country and surrounding region.
Last year (16) he and the actor Don Cheadle presented a report to the United Nations investigating war crimes and corruption in neighbouring South Sudan.
Hailing George for his humanitarian work in the region, Dr. Catena said, “It is very helpful that we have people like George Clooney…that are very dedicated to the struggle.”
The medic received a $100,000 (£77,920) grant to support his work in Sudan and $1 million (£779,200) to be shared between three charities of his choice.

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