Ben Affleck and Jagger make film for Congo

If peace is restored in Congo it will benefit everyone including  Gorillas. This new film may just help

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Ben Affleck and Mick Jagger teamed up on Wednesday to launch a short film called “Gimme Shelter” drawing attention to the plight of Congolese families driven from their homes by a decade of war.

The film focuses on the plight of families forced to flee the fighting, among an estimated 1.3 million displaced people in Congo, according to the U.N. refugee agency. The film will be distributed online at www.unhcr.org as well as on television and in cinemas.

“I hope this video will help highlight the plight of the hundreds of thousands of displaced people and also the thousands of innocent people who are needlessly losing their lives there,” Jagger said in a statement.

Jagger and the Rolling Stones donated the song for the campaign to raise money for emergency humanitarian assistance kits that contain jerry cans, kitchen sets, thermal blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets and plastic sheeting needed for construction of shelters.

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5 Comments

  1. Lisa, California
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    This is good news. Hopefully, something can be done to help the people over there. Thanks for letting us know and can’t wait to read more on this.

  2. Posted December 18, 2008 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    It’s about damn time the world stands up and takes notice to what’s been happening in Congo. Finally, I think we’re getting some attention. If we help these people, we help Virunga and all of Congo’s wildlife to survive.

    Watch the film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXmxTJnKDM8&e
    It’s very effective, IMO, especially the use of one of the best rock songs ever.

    s.

  3. Francis
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the youtube link Sheryl, it’s a good video and very powerful and hopefully it will get some coverage. I was watching football last week and saw a commercial with the coach of the Seattle SeaHawks Mike Holmgren and his family to raise money to help deliver care and medicines to those suffering in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. They are asking Seahawks fan to make a donation.

    Seahawks to Raise Money for Congo Relief Effort

    http://www.seahawks.com/news/articles/article-2/seahawks-to-raise-money-for-congo-relief-effort/ee39d7d0-5277-43d7-9154-5c9a371191fc

  4. Theresa
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I agree Sheryl..it’s about damn time! Very moving video. What is especially touching to me is that although these people have such horrible hardships many of them are still able to smile. Although the economy in the US is not good right now, we are rich compared to what the Congolese people have. I hope people find it in their hearts to donate even small amount to helping these special people have a better life. Giving when you have little is a true sign of generosity.

  5. Annie
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    I had heard Ben was over doing some work…I hope he can help expose what is going on and people will pay more attention and realize it is all of OUR problem!!!!!!!!! Happy Holidays to all!

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