ben-affleck.jpg Ben Affleck spread the word on the plight of victims of the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo at one of the week’s first glitzy pre-Oscar parties, a fundraiser for the International Medical Corps’ Congo work.

The actor, 36, also wrote an essay for the current issue of Time about his personal experiences after several visits there and the ongoing war and displacement in eastern Congo.

The event, held at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, was expected to draw fellow celebrities Diane Keaton, Felicity Huffman, Nicole Richie, Forest Whitaker, Kevin Spacey and Kate Walsh. Affleck’s wife, Jennifer Garner showed up and Sheryl Crow performed a four-song set. Anderson Cooper received an award for raising awareness of the situation in DR Congo.

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