Angelina Jolie in Bosnia on mission against rape in war

U.S. actress and director Angelina Jolie poses for photo with cast members Rade Serbedzija (L), Zana Marjanovic (2nd L) and Vanesa Glodjo on the red carpet before the gala premiere of the movie “In The Land Of Blood And Honey” in Sarajevo. (File photo: Reuters)

Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie arrived in Sarajevo on Thursday with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to take part in a conference on sexual violence in war.

Dressed in black, the U.S. actress arrived at the Sarajevo airport in pouring rain and headed to a hotel in downtown Sarajevo.

Jolie and Hague are due to co-host a high-profile summit focused on ending rape as a weapon of war, scheduled for June in London and expected to be the largest ever gathering of its kind, according to the British foreign minister.

Friday’s conference on preventing such crimes is organized by Bosnia’s defense ministry.

Hague was also to meet members of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency and visit Srebrenica, where Serb forces massacred some 8,000 Muslim men and boys near the end of the country’s 1992-1995 war.

Jolie’s 2011 directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” dealt with the issues of war crimes and violence against women during Bosnia’s war.

Jolie, whose movie was shot with several actors from the former Yugoslavia, was.

Bosnia’s war between its Croats, Muslims and Serbs claimed some 100,000 lives.

Around 20,000 women were raped during the conflict, according to estimates by local organizations.

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