Angelina Jolie in Bosnia to campaign against war rape

Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:19pm EDT
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By Maja Zuvela

SREBRENICA, Bosnia (Reuters) - Actress Angelina Jolie was brought to tears while talking to rape victims of the Bosnian war during a visit on Friday to promote a campaign to end sexual violence against women in war.

"There can be no peace while women in conflict or post-conflict zones are raped with impunity," the Oscar-winning actress said in Sarajevo.

Jolie was accompanied by British Foreign Secretary William Hague, with whom she will co-host a global conference in London in June on preventing rape being used a tactic in war.

She said she hoped the initiative would help break down taboos about war rape.

Witnesses said Jolie cried while listening to victims in the town of Srebrenica.

"Our tradition is not to talk about the rape," said Munira Subasic, the head of the association of Srebrenica mothers.

"Many women have been through it but don't talk about it. That is why this visit is important, to show them they don't have to cope with it alone," Subasic said.

The initiative was partly inspired by Jolie's film "In the Land of Blood and Honey", which dealt with sexual violence inflicted on a woman during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.   Continued...

U.S. actress Angelina Jolie reacts with Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague after paying respects to female victims and laying a wreath in front of the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial in Potocari March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic