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Ben Affleck in the Congo

ben affleck in the congo with abc news nightline

There are few celebrities that I can take seriously. But there’s something about Ben Affleck that gets to me. He was on Nightline last night reporting about his trip to the Congo. Did you watch?

I LOVE that he admitted he is not doing work with any organization, and that he doesn’t have a clue. He’s there to learn from the people working there. AND HE PAID HIS OWN WAY!

It makes sense to be skeptical about celebrity activism. There is always the suspicion that involvement with a cause may be doing more good for the spokesman than he or she is doing for the cause.

I welcome any questions about me and my involvement, but I hope you can separate whatever reservations you may have from what is unimpeachably important about this segment: the plight of eastern Congo.

He speaks about the lack of hospitals, the large scale sexual assaults, and the courageous aspect of people who care.

What did you think about his trip?

To see clips from the show, click here.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP AND BE INVOLVED!!!
Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center: http://www.dmf.org/ourhospital.php
Save the Children: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/990.htm
Malu Malu and Goma Peace Process: http://www.amanileo.org
Stand Proud (Polio Rehabilitation Center): http://www.ipvrc.org
International Medical Corps: http://www.imcworldwide.org
Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders): http://www.msf.org
Doctors Without Borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/country.cfm?id=2290

United Nations Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo: http://www.monuc.org
Heal Africa Hospital: http://healafrica.org