- Associated Press - Monday, March 25, 2013

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Actress Angelina Jolie is meeting with women and girls in eastern Congo, where sexual violence is rampant.

Miss Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, traveled to the Nzulo camp near Goma on Monday along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

The International Rescue Committee says it has provided care to more than 2,500 women and girls who have been raped or abused over the past 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 frequently is used as a weapon of war by rebel groups that operate in eastern Congo, as well as by Congolese soldiers.


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