Ben Affleck has wasted little time in turning the spotlight back on the more important things in life, namely the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the eastern Congo.
The 40-year-old director and actor, fresh off a Best Picture win for his film "Argo," appeared on the TED2013 stage last Thursday (Feb. 28) kicking off Session 10, “Secret Voices,” and discussing his work to help the Congolese people.
"At the Academy Awards, I mentioned my wife, and I said: The people we love, we have to work on those relationships," Affleck said. "The other thing that I work on is Eastern Congo."
"I felt like I wasn't doing enough to give back to the world. So I found one of the most damaged, suffering places in the world, where 1 in 5 children die before the age of 5. It's a place where a million people are displaced, regularly, inside the country. Where there's the worst gender-based violence in the world…There are a lot of things to lament, particularly in the last 15 years when 5.5 million people died from conflict-related violence."
In a beautifully animated video recently released by his Eastern Congo Initiative, Affleck further explains his reasons behind starting the organization — stating that his work to help the Congolese will remain his proudest achievement.
"No question in my mind, that down the road, when I'm an old man and I look back on my life, this will be the thing I most respect," he says.
Check out the short film below.
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