Ben Affleck was in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, in order to testify for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding violence in the Congo. Affleck is the Founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, which advocates for the people of Eastern Congo and supports Congolese organizations through grants.
“Outside my family and my work, this is it. This is my legacy. This is the thing I will be identified with. I take it extremely seriously,” said Affleck with regards to his work in the region. Affleck, himself, has made nine trips to the DRC.
The country has lost over five million people due to violence in the region, and that doesn’t include the numbers who are displaced, the rampant cases of malaria, sexual warfare and conscription of child soldiers. Just Jared has Affleck’s full testimony posted here.
Affleck will next be seen in the thriller Gone Girl, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, which is due out in October of this year. He has also been cast as Batman in the latest installment of the action franchise, that will include Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, and Jesse Eisenberg.
Sexy and political. And the cutest kids. He’s really rebounded from that whole Gigli disaster.
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