Ben Affleck Calls for an End to Suffering In Congo

November 20, 2008 By:
Ben Affleck Calls for an End to Suffering In Congo

Ben Affleck is currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, where he’s hoping to draw attention to the warring country. He met with officials and toured refugee camps where 250,000 people have been placed because of the war.

This is Ben’s fourth trip to Congo since 2007, and he’s also made a documentary about how bad the situation is there. His message to others is to helo stop the suffering of innocent civilians. Fighting has escalated in the past year after disputes between the army and loyalist of rebel leader Laurent Nkunda broke out.

Ben just wants to use his status to bring attention to the region.

He says, "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. I’m really glad that more people are paying more attention to Congo now but I’m really saddened that it’s taken this increase in violence to make that happen."