Updated: 26/03/2013 10:22 | By pa.press.net

Jolie meets women in eastern Congo



Angelina Jolie has travelled to Congo to meet women who are victims of sexual violence

Angelina Jolie has travelled to Congo to meet women who are victims of sexual violence

Angelina Jolie is meeting with women and girls in eastern Congo, where sexual violence is rampant.

The Oscar-winning actress and mother-of-six, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, has travelled to the Nzulo camp near Goma along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

The International Rescue Committee says it's provided care to more than 2,500 women and girls who have been raped or abused over the last year alone.

The IRC is handing out kits with flashlights and whistles, as well as cleaning products so that women can avoid bathing at creeks where the risk of assault is higher.

Sexual violence is frequently used as a weapon of war by rebel groups that operate in eastern Congo, as well as by Congolese soldiers.

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