Felix and Oscar ain’t got nothin’ on these two: the truly odd couple of Ben Affleck and Cindy McCain have teamed up to aid the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ben Affleck is a staunch Democrat and McCain is, of course, the wife of Republican senator and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, but the two have put their political differences aside in order to help those in need.
Affleck has been involved as a representative of the Eastern Congo Initiative, an organization aiming to help social and economic growth in the African nation that Affleck himself founded last year. Just yesterday, both Affleck and McCain testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health on behalf of the organization in order to convince Congress of their need for U.S. aid.
McCain and Affleck recently took a trip to the Eastern Congo together, but Affleck admits he was nervous at first about calling McCain: “I thought, I would love to get involved with Cindy but I’m afraid that if I try to reach out to her then she’s going to think it’s a prank call,” he said. He wasn’t wrong: McCain didn’t think it was him at first.
The Eastern Congo Initiative works with local community projects to help create schools, economic opportunities, and better health for the 68 million people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Among the many hardships facing the people of the DRC are poverty, disease, militia fighting, child soldiers, and sexual violence.
Affleck and McCain spoke about their visit to ABC News. You can view the video and hear what they had to say on ABC’s YouTube channel.