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Ben Affeck's Special Dedication To Congo & Mothers Everywhere!

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Ben Affleck loves all mom's.

He also recently discovered while visiting Congo how incredible the culture over there is.

So what did he do?

Oh, just what any director would.

He shot and produced a special video segment that we've shared with you (above).

It's extremely moving and fascinating.

Ch-ch-check it out!

And click here to learn more.

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Selena Is Stepping It Up! Headed To The Congo For Humanitarian Work

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This girl is SO caring!

Selena Gomez is headed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help the war-torn country.

The starlet says that her previous trips to Ghana and Chile were EASE her into her humanitarian work.

UhMAZing!

Selena has been a UNICEF ambassador for two years and her benefit concert at The House of Blues raised $200,000.

So what

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6 Orphaned Gorilla Baby Are Looking For A Home

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6 Orphaned Gorilla Baby

Anyone want a gorilla?

Two African governments are working together to try to find homes for 6 orphaned baby gorillas. The baby gorillas had been stolen by poachers.

The Mountain Gorillas are between the ages of 5 and 8. They were smuggled out of the Democratic Republic of Congo into Rwanda. Authorities believe they were going to be sold by unknown buyers. They also believe the gorillas' parents were killed.

The gorillas were rescued by Rwandan authorities, treated by doctors and then flown to a new gorilla rescue center where they will be introduced to other rescued gorillas.

Eventually they will be released back into the wild.

[image via the San Diego Zoo]

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Biggest Loser's Jillian Michaels Wants To Adopt Baby In Congo

Jillian Michaels Wants To Adopt Baby In Congo

Jillian Michaels is a tough trainer with a big heart!

She is in the process of trying to adopt a baby from Congo!

Said Michaels:

"I'm going to adopt. I can't handle doing that to my body. Also, when you rescue something, it's like rescuing a part of yourself."

Adopting a child is a long process, and Jillian is still in the thick of it:

"My dossier, which is your paperwork portfolio, is in to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So the paperwork is done, and now it’s just a waiting game. It could be six months, twelve months; it could be two years. Or, it could be tomorrow! They call you and they say, 'Oh, we have your referral,' which is essentially the child they match you up with, and you go overseas and you get him or her."

We think Jillian will be a great mom! And one thing we know for sure — that kid is going to be in kickass shape!

[Image via WENN.]

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Javier Bardem Advocates Peace In Congo

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The women of Congo live in fear, and it’s partly our fault.

That’s why Javier Bardem is speaking up for a movement to stop using minerals that are harvested through exploitation.

We agree. This movement needs to start NOW. Women should NOT have to constantly be afraid of sexual abuse!

Check out the website to see how you can help!

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Rehabilitation Center For Orphaned Gorillas Opens In The Congo

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Yay!

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has opened the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) first rehabilitation center for orphaned Grauer's gorillas often taken violently out of the wild by poachers.

GRACE (Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education) is located in a rural and remote area on the east side of the country, offering up to 30 gorillas 350 acres of natural habitat to roam.

The young gorillas are physically and emotionally fragile since suffering traumatic conditions, but the center aims to teach them how to survive in the wild as a new, self-sufficient "family," with a longer-term goal to release them into a natural habitat in a neighboring forest in the Congo Basin.

GRACE is opening just in time too because according to the center's manager, Sandy Jones:

"All of the gorilla species are endangered because Congo is so unexplored they have not done a real census on how many Grauer's gorillas there are, but at the rate at which we know they are being killed and the forest is being destroyed we are really concerned that if things aren't stopped and changed now they can be wiped out very soon."

The freshman class, consisting of four young gorillas ranging between 1 and 5-years-old, were recently transported GRACE by airlift with the help of the United Nations peacekeeping force stationed in the DRC.

Dr. Eddie Kambale, of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, who helped transport the first class said:

"The gorillas are enjoying this place compared to where they were…now they are in the real forest and they are climbing and getting some forest food, so they are happy."

So are we!

More Grauer's gorillas, a subspecies related to the Mountain gorilla that live exclusively in eastern DRC, will be transferred to GRACE early next year.

[Image via CNN.]

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Ben Affleck Helping In Africa!

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What an amazing cause!

Ben Affleck is launching the Eastern Congo Initiative to support Congolese organizations that help survivors of rape and sexual violence, helps to reintegrate child soldiers into their communities, increases access to health care and education, promotes economic opportunity and creates community-level peace and reconciliation programs.

Affleck, who just returned from a 5-day trip to the region, says in a statement:

"The situation in eastern Congo has been neglected for far too long — it is one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in the world. I brought together this unique collection of partners in order to bring their experience in humanitarian relief and sustainable development to bear as we focus like never before on local solutions to challenges in this region.

"Right now, the attention paid to this crisis doesn't match the needs of those affected by it. We will raise that attention level, and work with the extraordinary Congolese people who are making a positive difference in their own communities."

Good for him — we love when celebs focus on the greater good!

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