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Angelina Jolie Congo Visit Aimed to Prevent Sexual Violence

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    Director of the movie Angelina Jolie poses at the premiere of ''In the Land of Blood and Honey'' at the Arclight theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 8, 2011.
By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
March 25, 2013|3:54 pm

Angelina Jolie embarked on a trip to eastern Congo where sexual violence is prevalent in order to visit women and girls on Monday.

Known for her humanitarian efforts, Jolie is a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency. The actress traveled to the Nzulo camp near Goma along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

The International Rescue Committee said it has provided care for over 2,500 women and girls who have been raped or abused over the last year alone, reported AP.

As part of an effort to prevent sexual abuse, the IRC distributes kits complete with flashlights and whistles in addition to cleansers so that women can avoid bathing in creeks, where sexual attacks often occur.

Sexual violence is commonly used as a weapon of war by rebel groups that operate in eastern Congo, as well as by Congolese soldiers. Jolie's visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as Rwanda will raise awareness about its presence in war zones.

Meanwhile, Jolie has also made headlines regarding her relationship with fiancé Brad Pitt. The pair sparked rumors that they have already tied the knot after Jolie appeared in Los Angeles International airport sporting a gold band on her wedding finger on Sunday.

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Neither Jolie nor Pitt have publicly announced their wedding plans.

In addition to raising six children with Pitt and serving as an envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, Jolie has also recently signed onto a new film.

The Academy Award-winning actress was tapped to direct the upcoming film "Unbroken" that will follow the extraordinary life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who went on to become a prisoner of war during WWII.

"[Zamperini] is a true hero and a man with an immense humanity, faith, and courage," Jolie said in a statement at the time she was named director of "Unbroken," according to E! News.

"I am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story," the 37-year-old actress added.

Jolie made her directorial debut with "In the Land of Blood and Honey" last year, but "Unbroken" will mark her first take on a major studio film.

 

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