Actor Ben Affleck to testify before US Congress on humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

US actor Ben Affleck attends a discussion with a panel of experts focused on what can be done to strengthen US foreign policy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Washington DC in 2010. Affleck will testify before a key US Congress committee next week on the humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Actor Ben Affleck will testify before a key US Congress committee next week on the humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo, the panel’s chairman announced Friday.

Affleck, founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative advocacy organization, will appear Tuesday before the House Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee, Republican Representative Chris Smith said in a statement.

The actor — who starred in “Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor,” and won the best original screenplay Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” — will appear at a hearing entitled “The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Securing Peace in the Midst of Tragedy,” chaired by Smith.

Other witnesses will come from the US State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, the US Agency for International Development, as well as from non-governmental groups Catholic Relief Services and of The Enough Project.

“Our aim is to draw attention to this horrific, long-term crisis and the immense suffering taking place. The Congress and the world community must work together to bring hope and a better future to the DRC,” said Smith.

More information about the Eastern Congo Initiative advocacy organizationcan be found at the site.
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