Affleck is at it again-this time addressing the US Congress

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:

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About Samapti Rahman

For more than a century, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DROC) has been plagued by regional conflict and a deadly scramble for its vast natural resources. More recently, the global demand for cell phones and computer chips is helping fuel a bloody civil war, resembling the conflicts that developed over blood diamonds in the 1990s. Armed groups earn hundreds of millions of dollars per year by trading four main minerals such as the ores that produce tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold. This money enables the militias to purchase large numbers of weapons and continue their campaign of brutal violence against civilians, with some of the worst abuses occurring in mining areas. The majority of these minerals eventually wind up in electronic devices such as cell phones, and computers. Major American and International companies continue to trade for these high demand minerals, leaving consumers no way to ensure that their purchases are not financing armed groups that regularly commit atrocities, including mass rape. Let's clean up the Congo and take a stance against trade practices that promote violence!
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