Ben Affleck Congo Initiative Forum in DC

Ben Affleck Goes to Washington and Joins Twitter

Ben Affleck spoke at a conference in Washington DC.

Ben Affleck was in Washington DC today to participate in the Child Survival Call to Action, a discussion about Congo, at Georgetown University. As the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, Ben has long been active in trying to draw attention to the region. This morning, Ben shared a hug with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she welcomed him to the stage. Hillary and Ben discussed their joint efforts to fight high child mortality rates in Congo and across the globe. Ben said of the issue, "We wouldn't abide it in this country . . . and we must not abide it in the world globally with our brothers and sisters."

To promote his involvement in the forum, Ben Affleck joined Twitter. His first tweet read, "Timing feels right to bring awareness to what's happening in the Congo today and to share my stories from this part of the world." Ben's philanthropy is just one of the reasons fans love him — make sure to show Ben some love in the PopSugar 100! Ben's time on the East Coast may be short. He'll celebrate his first Father's Day as a dad of three this Sunday, with wife Jennifer Garner and their little ones, Violet, Seraphina, and baby Samuel.


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