Angelina Jolie marks World Refugee Day

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US actress and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie (R) arrives to address the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) staff on June 20, 2017 in Nairobi during a training on the prevention of sexual violence during conflicts.

KENYA – Actress and UN Refugee Agency Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie marked World Refugee Day yesterday by visiting a centre for refugee girls in Kenya.

 

Thousands of people have all fled conflict in various parts of Africa. Most are said to be the victims of sexual abuse. Many have given birth after being raped.

 

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Jolie urged the authorities to document and prosecute crimes of rape and sexual violence. She also appealed to the peacekeepers to be more sensitive when dealing with such cases.

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"The reality is that a peacekeeper may be the first person one of these traumatised girls encounters after they're abused. As peacekeepers you need to be absolutely clear what to do. Because that little girl will be frightened, especially of a man with a gun. How you approach her will affect whether she is able to begin to recover or if more damage will be done," said the actress. 

 

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