via E! online
The characters of Ocean's Eleven may have executed a brilliant heist, but the real life actors have executed an even better plan to aid war torn countries of Africa.
Matt Damon, who is filming a new movie in South Africa, spent Tuesday visiting Zimbabwean refugees in Musina, South Africa. He was representing a humanitarian nonprofit advocacy group called "Not on Our Watch" which he started with Ocean’s Eleven costars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Don Cheadle.
The hunky Matt Damon took some time off filming his new movie, The Human Factor, a new film about Nelson Mandela played by Morgan Freeman. The film depicts the struggle that the people of South Africa fought to end the apartheid that had divided and plagued the country for so long. Today, while the crimes in South Africa are not fully settled, the country serves as a safe haven for Zimbabwean refugees.
Matt listened to refugees tell stories of their terrifying journey from their country. One Zimbabwean woman described how she was raped while pregnant, traveling across the border into South Africa.
Around 3 million people have fled Zimbabwe due to the crumbling state of the country. The country is in a constant downward spiral due to political corruption which has led to widespread poverty, hunger, and disease. According to a report done by the UN, a recent cholera epidemic has killed more than 3,800 people and infected some 83,000.
Damon said in interview with the AP Tuesday that he was "shocked and saddened" by these stories. He said conditions were "untenable" and called on international and regional leaders to take action.
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By CGG reporter, Caroline Kotter