ABC News reports on March 8, 2011 that celebrity Ben Affleck joined advocates and governement officials to plea with Congress to increase government aid to the DRC.
The panelists called for Congress to appoint a special envoy to coordinate the efforts of NGOs and government agencies working in the country. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, who also testified, said the United States gives $6.8 billion in assistance to the war-torn nation. NGOs account for 85% of that aid.
After visiting the country multiple times (a video I have posted in a previous post), Affleck founded the non-profit Eastern Congo Initiative to help form schools and bring medical assistance to victims of sexual abuse.
It is nice to see an Academy Award Winner use his celebrity star power to not only advocate to help clean up the Congo, but to have created the non profit Eastern Congo Initiative- Kudos to Ben Affleck! And kudos to all who made this plea to Congress.
See the article and a clip here: