Hollywood actor Ben Affleck brings his star power to Congress today to testify on the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its implications for the United States. Affleck will be joined at the hearing by Heritage’s James Jay Carafano, who will explain why the Obama administration should rethink support for the U.N. peacekeeping mission there. This is the second hearing in two weeks on the issue.
Affleck’s activism in the DRC has helped elevate awareness about the country’s instability. Today’s hearing before the House Armed Services Committee is an opportunity for Americans to learn more about what’s happening in the central African nation.
In a new report, Heritage’s Morgan Lorraine Roach and Brett D. Schaefer explain the country’s troubled history and the plight of DRC citizens, who are among the world’s poorest and suffer from high infant mortality and low life expectancy.More on Heritage Foundation's Morning Bell