Actor and director Ben Affleck will head to Washington, D.C., this coming Tuesday to stand before the House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. Affleck will testify at an open hearing as a representative of the Eastern Congo Initiative, the U.S. advocacy organization he founded last year to help the people of eastern Congo.
Affleck’s commitment to the Congolese people began when he learned more about the region, whose people suffer from a lack of societal infrastructure, devastating violence, a lack of maintainable-income generation, and a large population of children who have to endure the consequences.
“The Town” director started the initiative because, as he told CNN last year, “The more I traveled, the more I was struck about it, the more I fell in love with the people, the more I was horrified by what was happening. And the more I did, I started to develop this idea of partnering with the Congolese people and wanting to empower community-based organizations there that were doing extraordinary work.”
The hearing is titled “The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Securing Peace in the Midst of Tragedy” and will be broadcast via the web on the committee’s website. Be sure to tune in to learn more about Affleck’s mission.