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Photos of Ben Affleck In the Congo, Quotes from Interview Raising Awareness about War-Torn Country

Ben Affleck Brings His Good Will Back to the Congo

As Jennifer Garner dealt with some scary stuff back home, Ben Affleck was across the world in the Congo yesterday. This is Ben's fourth trip as he continues to raise awareness about the crisis afflicting the nation. While in the city of Goma, the actor spoke out about this violent situation in Central Africa, and expressed his feelings on how people need to step up and help. Here's more:

  • On what he sees: "I'm not an expert in international affairs or diplomacy, but it doesn't take that to see the tremendous suffering here. It's not something that we as human beings can, in good conscience, ignore."
  • On why he made the trip: "The primary reason I am here is to urge people to give money to the NGOs and charities doing hard work in eastern Congo on meager funds. And if people out there have an existing relationship with a charity, to urge that charity to get involved in eastern Congo. To let people know, 'Don't just read the horror stories in the newspapers and turn off.'
  • On the reason he chose this cause: "I thought a lot of people are advocating on Darfur. I'd just be a very small log on a big fire. I started getting interested in Congo and I thought, this is a place where I can have a really big impact."

Ben has always been one to show a softer and giving side whether towards his family or an international human rights issue. He uses his celebrity status in the best way and makes it seem like a given.


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nesjam nesjam 7 years
Daddy... you're the best....!!!
nesjam nesjam 7 years
Daddy...you're the best....!!!
melx melx 7 years
wackdoodle, i can see your point but.. they're being stalked! that must be creepy for her; also, she doesn't need him to be there to give birth but i think HE should want to. anyway, it's their business not mine, i am aware :)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Good job Ben! And women are very capable of giving birth without having their husbands present. Geez, some women can give birth without anyone present. So long as his wife is cool with him being in Congo then who are we to say he should be at home watching her gestate.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Good job Ben!And women are very capable of giving birth without having their husbands present.Geez, some women can give birth without anyone present.So long as his wife is cool with him being in Congo then who are we to say he should be at home watching her gestate.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I think this is very nobel of him. I thought this point was especially unique and intelligent: "And if people out there have an existing relationship with a charity, to urge that charity to get involved in eastern Congo."
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I think this is very nobel of him. I thought this point was especially unique and intelligent:"And if people out there have an existing relationship with a charity, to urge that charity to get involved in eastern Congo."
BOBCAT BOBCAT 7 years
YIPPEE! GREAT JOB FOR BEN!!
BOBCAT BOBCAT 7 years
YIPPEE! GREAT JOB FOR BEN!!
BOBCAT BOBCAT 7 years
YIPPEE! GREAT JOB FOR BEN!!
alltherage alltherage 7 years
this situation is so dire. the women and children are particular big targets of all this violence check it out http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/
melx melx 7 years
but his pregnant wife and daughter are being stalked!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
at least he's honest about why he started to talk about Congo and try to make an impact. he's right - a LOT of folks use Darfur as their buzz word and i think that there are so many other situations where things that are similar are happening. i like that he's getting involved and that it's not all over the place like some of the other causes that we hear about from time to time. he's in niche places and sometimes i think that it's the best tactic in trying to make an impact.
Woop Woop 7 years
I don't care for Ben but good for him! Keep up the effort, Ben. :)
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 7 years
I give him a lot of credit for this. This is one of the most dangerous regions in the world and the civil war has torn it apart. I'm so glad that someone is trying to bring attention to this issue. My admiration for him rose significantly.
LolaDub LolaDub 7 years
go ben :)
LolaDub LolaDub 7 years
go ben :)
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 7 years
great job Ben. Imagine having the means to something like this but NOT doing it at all. Its a shame. There are some many ppl that can help but dont. I admire all those that do - celeb or not.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 7 years
great job Ben.Imagine having the means to something like this but NOT doing it at all. Its a shame. There are some many ppl that can help but dont. I admire all those that do - celeb or not.
Cinnamon-Girl Cinnamon-Girl 7 years
Hottie :drool:
Cinnamon-Girl Cinnamon-Girl 7 years
Hottie :drool:
pequeña pequeña 7 years
These people need help as soon as possible. If him being there helps raise awareness, then I'm glad he's doing this trip. We shouldn't close our eyes this time, like it happened in 1994.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
i agree about the Congo also :D just hadn't read the story yet. I was distracted by his high and tight.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
i agree about the Congo also :Djust hadn't read the story yet. I was distracted by his high and tight.
Mali01 Mali01 7 years
The situation there is worthy of attention, but charity begins at home. What's he doing in the Congo when his wife is super pregnant thousands of miles away? Go home! Stop by Ben & Jerry's on your way!
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