Hollywood actor BEN AFFLECK has been honoured for his charity work with a special prize from Save the Children.
The Argo star was among the guests of honour at the organisation’s Save the Children Illumination Gala in New York City on Wednesday night (19Nov14) and was presented with the Global Child Advocate Award.
Affleck, who attended with his wife Jennifer Garner, was handed the trophy for his philanthropy, which includes his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative, the organisation he set up in 2010 to help residents of the war-torn region.
Speaking at the event, Affleck tells the Associated Press, “There are children in the United States… who can’t speak and they’re four years old, who can’t read until five years later than they should, who get no stimuli, who are really suffering, and we recognise it.
“In this country, with our wealth, with our, I think, decency and empathy, we should be taking care – at the very least educating all of our citizenry… I also think it’s important to take care of people who are suffering on a different level, which is in Eastern Congo suffering from war and famine and preventable disease. And where maternal health is non-existent, so one in five children dies before the age of five.”