Ben Affleck asks for shelter
Actor-director Ben Affleck and Sir Mick Jagger launched a short film for UNHCR’s new Gimme Shelter Campaign to help raise funds and awareness about the crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the work of the UN refugee agency.
Gimme Shelter was presented yesterday at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC.
We made this film in order to focus attention on the humanitarian crisis in the DRC at a time when too much of the world is indifferent or looking the other way,” Ben said of his 4-minute documentary. “The suffering and loss we’ve all seen first-hand is staggering – it is beyond belief.”
The actor visited Africa in November to shoot the movie in Congo and also visited Uganda, where some 30,000 people have sought refuge and are receiving help from UNHCR, the source revealed.
UNHCR hopes the Gimme Shelter Campaign will help raise US$23 million in 2009 to pay for clean water supplies and emergency humanitarian assistance kits in the region.
Gimme Shelter is set to the classic Rolling Stones song of the same name, which the group donated to the campaign.
Here’s the full movie.
Think maybe you can do something to help those people in need.
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