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G8 pledge to tackle 'horrific' rape and sexual violence in war zones


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G8 pledge to tackle 'horrific' rape and sexual violence in war zones

Foreign ministers at the G8 meeting in London have resolved to work together to end sexual violence in combat zones. The declaration calls for urgent action to combat what it describes as a “culture of impunity”.

The UN High Commission for Refugees Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, was met by the British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

He described as “horrific” the use of rape and sex attacks as weapons of war, while the actress said the problem could be prevented and had to be confronted.

“I have heard survivors of rape, from Bosnia to the DRC say that they feel that world simply does not care about them. And who could blame them? For too long they have been the forgotten victims of war, responsible for none of the harm but baring the worst of the pain. But today, I believe their voices have been heard,” Angelina Jolie said.

After launching an awareness campaign last year, Hague and Jolie visited the Nzulo refugee camp near Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March. Britain has pledged 10 million pounds (11.75 million euros) in new funding to tackle sexual violence in war zones.

The charity Save The Children has said the majority of victims are children.

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