Ben Affleck Talks Congo to Congress

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While his BFF continues to express disappointment in Barack Obama, Ben Affleck also stepped into the political arena this week, testifying before the House Africa, Global Health & Human Rights Subcommittee.

The actor, who founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, stated his case regarding the central African country, which is mired in violence, and why America must do more.

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“If we continue to place Congo on the back burner of U.S. policy, it will come back to haunt us," Affleck said. "The last time Congo collapsed, armies came in from across Africa and five million people died... We must learn from history."

The Oscar winner is asking Congress to protect Congolese civilians from ongoing attacks. He wants the U.S. to offer support in this November's elections and to appoint a representative to the Great Lakes region of central Africa.

"This is an ambitious agenda, but it can be accomplished," Affleck said. "The federal budget may be seen as a zero sum game but our morality, our sense of decency, our compassion for our fellow human beings, is not."

Cindy McCain, a member of Affleck's nonprofit organization, has joined the actor in his fight.

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I saw on World News Tonight how Ben reached out to Mrs. McCain to
help make others aware of the seriousness of violence that is taking place in The Congo. It was an education to find out about conditions in that region that has easily gone unnoticed. In the segment it was revealed the brutality towards people especially women. Like George Clooney and Don Cheadle and of course Angelina,there are celebrities who are willing to fight for others who do Not have a voice, and these celebrities are trying very much to make a better life for people in far away countries!

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