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Ben Affleck, actor and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, shakes hands with Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., after arriving to testify before the House Armed Services Committee on the evolving security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.

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Affleck calls for stronger US leadership in Congo

With an atypical audience — members of Congress — actor and director Ben Affleck read from a script with a pointed message: A desperate humanitarian situation in Congo requires a stronger display of U.S. leadership, and it will get worse without one.

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