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Angelina Jolie Humanitarian Work: in Congo and Rwanda

By Elma B.

Angelina Jolie was in Congo earlier this week with UK's Foreign Secretary William Hague to raise awareness of the gravity of rape being used as a weapon of war.  Rape can be strategically executed that it wipes out a substantial part of an ethnic group as thoroughly as widespread killing. 

Sexual violence has been used against women by soldiers in Africa, e.g., in Rwanda and Congo.  Jolie is no stranger to the subject of rape as a tool in a genocide. Jolie wrote and directed "In the Land of Blood and Honey," which is a movie that depicts the Bosnian War during which an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 women were raped, often ganged raped in front of their family members. 

"It's been going on in every war, in every crisis....and it's due time to end this," said Jolie. Below are some photos documenting the efforts of Jolie and Secretary Hague stop rape being used as a weapon of war. 

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