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Ben Affleck tours refugee camps in Congo while Jennifer Garner wins order against stalker



Tbdbenaffleck112108_2 It's been a long while since we've checked in on Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner (or Bennifer Redux, as we call them), especially since we stopped paying attention to Red Sox games. But the pair have been up to a lot, we've found.

Affleck has been talking to kids and aid officials in refugee camps in eastern Congo, his fourth visit since 2007.

"I'm not an expert in international affairs or diplomacy, but it doesn't take that to see the tremendous suffering here," he told the AP on Thursday in the capital, Goma. "It's not something that we as human beings can, in good conscience, ignore."

There's been an upswing in violence in the region between Laurent Nkunda's rebel loyalists and the nation's army, drawing attention to the region and bringing Ben back.

"I'm really glad that more people are paying more attention to (Congo) now but I'm really saddened that it's taken this uptick in violence to make that happen," Affleck said. "The primary reason I am here is to urge people to give money to the NGOs and charities doing hard work in eastern Congo on meager funds. And if people out there have an existing relationship with a charity, to urge that charity to get involved in eastern Congo. To let people know, 'Don't just read the horror stories in the newspapers and turn off.'"

Tbdjennifergarner112108 Meanwhile, wifey Garner just got a court order against Steven Burky, a creepy fan with a documented mental disorder.

Burky has been writing her letters, following her to film sets and once knocked on the door of her L.A. home. In February he emailed a crew member on a set warning Garner of his wackadoo visions.

"The vision shows that a persecution may take place in broad daylight against Jennifer Garner for her faith in Jesus Christ," the e-mail read. "The vision showed Mrs. Garner surrounded by a mob in public. It also involves the possible emergence of a dark secret in America. The presence of illicit witchcraft going on in this country, and illicit sacrifices."

Garner pleaded in court papers that she fears for the safety of Ben, daughter Violet and her unborn child.

"Mr. Burky's repeated efforts to contact me, his delusional and paranoid letters, his appearance at my private residence, and his recent claims that I will be 'persecuted' in a manner that may result in my death are all extremely frightening," she wrote, the New York Daily News reports.

Burky has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from the family. Who needs to go to Congo to fear for your life?

[Photo: AP]

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