Ben Affleck urges world to help stop Congo suffering

November 21st, 2008 - 4:53 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 21 (ANI): Hollywood actor Ben Affleck is urging the world to help stop the suffering of innocent civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.

The Pearl Harbor star met with aid officials and toured refugee bases on a trip to the Central African country, where some 250,000 people have been displaced by fighting.

And now Affleck, who has made a documentary about the country’’s problems, has called for help to stop the suffering of innocent civilians.

“I”m not an expert in international affairs or diplomacy, but it doesn”t take that to see the tremendous suffering here. It’’s not something that we as human beings can, in good conscience, ignore, the Daily Star quoted him, as saying.

“I”m really glad that more people are paying more attention to (Congo) now but I”m really saddened that it’’s taken this uptick (increase) in violence to make that happen,” he added.

Affleck hopes that speaking out about the problems in the area will attract attentions to the Congo.

“My hope in being here is primarily to bring attention to the fact that there’’s a real lack of (aid agencies) here, a real lack of money going to these folks,” he added. (ANI)

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