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This is a short clip from a video that represents and organization Affleck has been working with.

While Ben Affleck might be known in the U.S. as part of “Benifer,” or for his roles in movies such as “Pearl Harbor” and most recently “The Town,” he is making a splash in foreign nations as well. Only in Africa, and more specifically in Congo, he’s known for bringing a voice to the people, and working to support the UNHCR (UN Refuge Agency). He uses his celebrity status to bring awareness to individuals who go unheard — he interviews the locals and brings their stories to light domestically and abroad.  For example, check out this video where he interviewed a women who was both raped and burned, but was determined to share her story.

When you watch it, click to the time mark of 3:03 to get some background on the women he speaks to.

Affleck’s involvement isn’t just a gimmick — he doesn’t just throw money at the problem and leave. He is bringing a voice to the people who wouldn’t have one otherwise. His cause is admirable, and I hope he continues to bring awareness to a situation often uncovered in our media.

There is not much left to say that this video hasn’t said for me. The cast of the Twilight saga: Peter Facinelli, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Chaske Spencer, Tinsel Korey, Rachelle Lefevre, Edi Gathegi, Michael Welch, Justin Chon, Christian Serratos, and author Stephenie Meyer are all taking action to make the world a better place. What I find most interesting about all that the cast is doing is that their actions aren’t hugely publicized.

I, for one, am a major Twilight fan and I hadn’t heard about majority of the charities and causes that these celebrities take part in. That is not to say that these charities aren’t mainstream organizations, because they are. My point here is that it seems to me that the cast of Twilight genuinely cares. They are helping others without the need to put the spotlight all over what they are doing so that the world knows how amazing they are. I truly respect them for that.  I also found it very impressive that so many cast members took part in charities or non-profit organizations. Stephenie Meyer even started her own organization. Sure, you usually find that a few members of a major motion picture have charities that they have been helping for a while, but in this case, pretty much the ENTIRE cast of Twilight has picked up one cause or another. What’s more, all the causes are different! This video definitely threw me for a loop. Props to you Twilight cast. I commend you.

Earlier this month, George Clooney and John Prendergast traveled to Southern Sudan for their charity Not On Our Watch. As the duo attempts to stop what could be the next Darfur, they look to their fellow Americans for help.

Tensions continue to rise between Northern and Southern Sudan as the Jan. 9, 2011 vote for Southern Sudan’s independence approaches. However, Clooney and Predergast preach that if we reach out to Obama through letters and email showing support for international pressure and robust diplomacy, we have the opportunity to stop this war before it starts and ultimately save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

“The international community was late to Darfur. Late to the Congo. Late to Rwanda. Late to Bosnia. Tell our President that the people of South Sudan can’t afford for us to be late again.”