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Angelina Jolie has been seen wearing the gold band that replaced her engagement ring again while in the Congo on Sunday. The Academy Award-winning actress embarked on a special visit to eastern Congo and Rwanda in order to raise awareness of sexual violence in war torn countries this week.
Dressed in all black, Jolie laid wreaths at the Gisozi genocide memorial in the Rwandan capital of Kigali on Sunday. The ceremony honored the estimated 800,000 victims that died during the country's 1994 violence between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes.
In addition to the headlines made over her sympathy for the genocide victims, Jolie's gold band worn on her wedding finger have sparked rumors that she may have already married fiancé Brad Pitt.
Jolie and Pitt have been together since 2005 and share six children together. The pair announced their engagement late last year, but have not confirmed any wedding plans.
Meanwhile, Jolie is a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency. The 37-year-old actress traveled to the Nzulo camp near Goma along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague over the weekend and will visit the area's female natives, according to the Associated Press.
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.
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 the Associated Press.
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.