Angelina Jolie and William Hague Visit Congo as Part of Anti-Rape Campaign

Posted on March 26, 2013

Angelina Jolie traveled to the eastern Congo in her capacity as a special envoy for the United Nations High Council on Refugees. Angelina visited the Nzulo camp with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to raise international awareness of the common use of rape as a weapon of war in Rwanda and the Congo.

Angelina explained, "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."

The Telegraph reports that the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has treated more than 2,500 women and girls who have been raped or abused in the past year. The IRC hands out kits to local women with whistles so they can call for help and flashlights to help see when the must go out after dark. They also distribute cleaning products so the local women don't have to go to the creeks where there is a high risk of being assaulted. Take a look: