Good Works: Ben Affleck and Luol Deng for Sudan

Ben Affleck appeared on CNN Thursday night. Fresh off of a trip to war-torn Sudan the unshaven and bleary Affleck spoke about the war torn nation and and it’s subsequent refugee crisis. “I wanted to really feel like I understood the place and learn as much as I could about it, before I got into trying to be an advocate and kind of running my mouth about it,” he said “I got into doing some learning, talking to experts, traveling there.” Of his recent experience in the field, Affleck stated, ” I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Affleck joins a horde of celebrities who have made Sudan their pet cause (notably George Clooney, Don Cheadle, and Brad Pitt). On celebrity social activism and public skeptism, Affleck stated, “I think it’s probably a healthy thing to keep that level of cynicism about celebrities who get involved with things,” he says. “[But] it’s largely irrelevant what one thinks of me,” he said. “I could be vain and self-aggrandizing, but it’s totally irrelevant to what I’ve pointed the camera at, showing you something that is completely honest, which is that this situation and this potential civil war here demands attention regardless of what you think about me.”
Chicago Bulls basketball player and former Sudanese refugee, Luol Deng, announced that he will donate fifty dollars for every basket he scores in the 2008-2009 season. Deng, is the latest celebrity supporter of UNHCR’s ninemillion.org campaign, which raises funds to provide education and sports activities for the nine million of refugees children across the globe.

The 23-year-old is a native of South Sudan and a member of the Dinka tribe. As a child, he fled his homeland and sought refuge in England with his family. He later attended Duke University for a year and then joined the Chicago Bulls in 2004 as a forward.  Loul’s PSA for ninemillion.org can be found below:

For more information on the ongoing crisis in Sudan click here.
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