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Ben Affleck Slams Self-Promoting Charity Celebs

Posted by Fara Kearnes on June 30, 2008 3:30 PM |

affleckActor Ben Affleck is claiming that many of Hollywood's big names are simply seeking publicity when doing charity work. The star - who has made three trips to Africa in the last eight months - returned from his own humanitarian mission in Africa's Democratic Republic of Congo in May.

He says, "Here I am, this actor. There's the potential for one of these cliche actors showing up out of the middle of nowhere in Africa. It's really critical for me to learn and to understand and not to be some outsider who shows up and says, 'I know what's happening and I know what should be done.'

The 35-year-old, who met with war lords and child warriors on his fact-finding mission, adds: "It's important for me to understand and to learn and to demonstrate humility. And in order to learn - particularly when you're talking about instability and conflict is one of the critical issues... you have to talk to the people who are involved...

"It's a very complex, interesting situation and it warrants exploration."

The growing turmoil in Africa's Congo region has been called one of the world's worst humanitarian crises this century. Conflicts in the area have caused the death of more than four million people.

Affleck's video-documented journey will debut on Thursday's episode of 'Nightline'.

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