War children

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 January, 2009, 12:00am

Hope springs eternal claimed 18th century English poet Alexander Pope. But if it's going to have trouble being revived anywhere at the moment, it's in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a decade of war has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Musician Mick Jagger and actor Ben Affleck have collaborated on a short film (http://hk.youtube.com/user/unhcr) as part of the Gimme Shelter campaign to help raise US$23 million for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help affected families in eastern Congo and Uganda. The agency is also inviting people to post personal messages of support on its website (www.unhcr.org) in an attempt to raise public awareness of the continued suffering.