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Saturday 27 December 2014

Jolie visits Congo on anti-rape mission

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08:  Actress Angelina Jolie attends the 3rd Annual Women in the World Summit at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on March 8, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie has travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo as a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency on a mission to stop rape in the war-torn African country.

The 37-year-old actress and humanitarian is a special envoy for the United Nations.

She joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Nzulo camp north of Goma on Monday.

The pair are part of a campaign to stop sexual assaults in conflict zones where it is frequently used as a “weapon of war” by rebels and Congolese soldiers, according to the politician.

Angelina said she hoped their visit would raise awareness about the crimes.

"What we're here to do is try to scale it up and make this a world wide focus and it's due time, it's been going on every war, every crisis and it's often an afterthought and it's due time to end this and put an end to impunity and they deserve it," she told UK newspaper The Telegraph.

The politician echoed her remarks.

He intends to make the issue a topic at the annual G8 summit meeting of the heads of government in London next month.

"Sexual violence in conflict has to be resolved if conflicts are to be resolved because when rape is used as a weapon of war, it makes communities harder, to bring together and much harder for people to get on with their lives afterwards," he explained.

The International Rescue Committee told the Associated Press it has offered help to over 2,500 women and girls sexually assaulted in the country in the last year.

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