Ben Affleck might be known for his Boston roots, but his heart also resides in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he's committed to helping facilitate peace and developing sustainable growth in the war-torn African country. As part of the Eastern Congo Initiative, which he founded, he raises awareness about violence, poverty and disease there -- see, for examples, his Washington Post op-ed article and his participation in the #BelowTheLine campaign -- and takes political action.
Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee in December, Affleck asked that the U.S. help Congo by using its influence within the United Nations. "I am not here to ask for precious American tax dollars; I am here today to respectfully request you use the most important power you have, your collective voice as representatives of the United States of America," he said.Reporting on the testimony, The Times' John Horn wrote that, "Affleck fielded questions, showing a deep knowledge of the country and its history." Kris Connor / AFP / Getty Images