Democratic Republic of Congo : a forgotten crisis
Ben Affleck “Gimme Shelter” video launches UNHCR campaign for displaced Congolese:
Renewed violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has triggered a humanitarian crisis, forcing more than 250,000 people to flee for their lives. The fighting brings a forgotten tragedy back to the world's attention.
The “Gimme Shelter” film made to support the campaign was directed by American actor-director Ben Affleck and filmed by John Toll. Both are US Academy Award winners. It includes footage shot in DRC’s strife-torn North Kivu province during Affleck's fourth visit to the region in November 2008. The film is set to the classic Rolling Stones song, Gimme Shelter, which the group donated to the campaign.
UNHCR hopes the Gimme Shelter campaign will help raise US$23 million in 2009 to pay for clean water supplies and emergency humanitarian assistance kits for tens of thousands of internally displaced Congolese.
Help us and Ben Affleck bring attention to the plight of North Kivu’s displaced civilians. All you have to do is post UNHCR photos of this humanitarian crisis on your blogs, websites and social media plattforms. This will help raise public awareness about the suffering and needs of the displaced as well as giving hope to those whose lives have been affected.
We’re also keen to know where and how you post our photos. So please send us a link to your corresponding blogs and websites.
For more information concerning the 'Gimme Shelter' campaign, please visit our website: www.unhcr.org