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Ben Affleck On Child Survival In The Congo

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Ben Affleck isn't just a handsome movie star.

He's a champion for children in the Congo.

He recently joined Hilary Clinton at a conference in Washington, DC to discuss child survival around the world, specifically in the Congo.

Child mortality rates in Africa are so high under the age of five because of malnutrition, unsanitary water and infection from diseases preventable with modern medicine.

The Congo holds only about 1% of the world's people but it accounts for over 6% of the mortality rates in kids under five.

Affleck wrote:

"Congo faces daunting challenges and has to negotiate colossal hurdles to save these children and provide them a hopeful future. These children’s lives are further endangered today as Congo’s North Kivu province is yet again grappling with a rebellion that has displaced an estimated 200,000 Congolese internally and outside the country.

In this conflict, which has indirectly killed millions of people since 1998, women and children bear the brunt of the atrocities and human rights violations. Boys and girls are abducted to serve either as fighters or sex slaves. Families that survive the fighting often face hunger, malnutrition and diseases, which reduce children’s survival prospects and deny them the potential of a promising life."

That is so incredibly sad.

It's nice to know that people like Ben Affleck are using their wealth and notoriety to shine a light on this cause and get personally involved.

We love Ben even more now.

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