AMAL CLOONEY may have to deal with the paparazzi and intrusive questions from curious journalists, but there is one benefit to being Mrs Clooney (aside from the obvious), and that is the spotlight on her work. The human-rights lawyer was recognised and celebrated in her field before her highly publicised nuptials, but now everyone hears about the cases she works on.
“There's a lot of my work that takes place behind closed doors that is not ever seen," Clooney told BBC News at Six. "I think if there are more people who now understand what's happening about the Yazidis and ISIS, and if there can be some action that results from that, that can help those clients, then I think it's a really good thing to give that case the extra publicity that it may get. But if you don't have a good case, and you don't have a good message, shining a light on it is not going to get you very far."
The lawyer has long taken on difficult causes, and her latest case is no less challenging. In June 2016, Clooney began representing the Yazidis - an ethnic group within Iraq whom she asserts are victims of a genocide - and the scale of the atrocity is becoming more evident as time goes on.Amal Clooney: My Role Model
Amal Clooney: My Role Model
"It's been the most harrowing testimony I've ever heard," she said sombrely of the accounts given by dozens of child soldiers, and survivors of rape and abuse at the hands of ISIS. "We know that it's genocide, the UN has said so - in other words, ISIS is trying to destroy them as a group - and we are allowing it to happen without actually calling ISIS to account. Just days ago a mass grave was discovered, that's thought to contain over 4,000 bodies, so we need to collect evidence on the ground."A Boy And A Girl For The Clooneys