Transcript for Why Ben Affleck is Lending His Star Power to the People of the Congo
I'm Martha Raddatz for on the radar for ABC news and Yahoo! News. Today a conversation with Ben Affleck and former senator Russ Feingold. In trying to get the world to refocus. On what is perhaps the world's longest war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. People are so inundated -- images and content. Struggle what sets apart. Congo I've come across you know -- civilians. Mothers. Children. Who have suffered an enormous amount. And we're extremely honored that you most in your lives here today. And when I sit down talk to -- he really struck me. You know wise this child's life worth -- less -- my own so why's this woman -- fourth and less than my my own lives and that and if I saw that happening in my own family. And I would not only be devastated and outraged I would want other people to recognize and to step -- and the second half of what I've seen. Was this -- punishing an inspiring capacity. To grow. Just want to survive to want to move past -- want to rebuild their country to be willing to say what do we need to do even though I've been. -- -- my family's been killed and I've lost one of my other show. I want to make this place better won't make this country better when I saw that spirit. In Congo among the Condoleezza I was profoundly moved so people have been through worse things than -- -- match and were ready to -- again. The other thing that struck me from from the testimony is who were -- association with dependency hospital and her key house and women -- treated for rape fertilization. Penn hospital alone and that -- -- some equating himself would do was doing ten its twelfth issue of surgeries a day. At the height of the conflict and official is an injury that women sustain which is debilitating and and can cause them to be ostracized. -- a result either of those in. Very savage sexual assault since she region attic or of having -- to. And this continues to be tremendous crisis and the -- hospital -- then -- conduct McQuay to perform surgeries and south. To train others. And he's really emblematic of of what I want to try to -- -- which is the contagion of success see one person do it. Helping you know others want to contribute training other doctors their opening other clinics. That's the kind of electric desire to to bring oneself -- and to bring others with you at the savior your fellow man or woman. And that that really moved me. I think I heard something on your web site that that. We need your life didn't seem to have much meaning in -- you did. This. Yeah I mean really what it was about was so funny because this is prepared -- -- people assailant. -- -- celebrity what do you know about this you shouldn't you know who are you to be. Engaging in -- issue and until you before you engages in -- -- down angle -- you're doing is being a celebrity and I give back anything. But but there's truth to the to the second part which was. I've been -- blast and I thought you know at a certain point I haven't really done anything substantial aside from my work. That I can look back on its -- contributed to society in a way that was commensurate with the blessings that I have and so this has become my kind of personal. Legacy I wanna work with a great team obviously -- got a -- respect and help you are imminently qualified to give bush the benefit of your experience and knowledge. And we admire your acting but we admire your activism. Even more of them that little louder and yes they did -- -- very nice -- I think if you've earned your expertise and in the go back now insist that it be an ambassador. Yeah well. It was -- a model for the way the United States needs to approach this as he said you know somebody can get interested in this do -- for few months. Get some credit and quit he hasn't done that he's given its sustained attention. What do you think it says that the country does pay attention when a celebrity gets. While there there's nothing wrong with that as long as somebody that takes it seriously we live -- a world where you can. Give all the speeches you want to five people at a time but sometimes it takes this kind of person who everybody knows he's excited to be around. They hate to say look do you realize what's happening here. They subjected women to deplorable forms of sexual violence including rape and forcibly recruited children to be fight and killed. Over five million people of over 300000 women have been -- 75000. Orphans it makes a difference when somebody like this is able to say those things and make it clear -- What would you say to Americans about why they should care about this they're having their own problems if if the country looks at itself and says look we have our own problems. This is who we are as Americans we believe in helping others who are down who are suffering who are being exploited. Those are values and we're a little -- because we've been involved in. Several conflicts overseas that may be sapped some of our will only become perhaps a bit disillusioned with engaging overseas. But I don't think that we should give up on our on our core values which is to. To love our neighbor and two to help them when they are suffering and that human life is worthwhile on that all. People should have the opportunity. To live you know life liberties -- it happens. Her -- I didn't write faced about the New -- you aren't suppose that's it for on their radar for ABC news and Yahoo! News I'm Martha Raddatz. Have a great day.
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