She is known for her charity work. And now Angelina Jolie’s editorial debut –In the Land of Blood and Honey - is being screened in the UK to help women affected by the Bosnian rape camps.
The film, which Angelina wrote and directed, will be shown tonight at an event organised by Women For Women International.
The charity is currently running Bosnia Week to highlight the atrocities during the Bosnia war, which ended in 1995. More than 50,000 women are thought to have been abused at the ‘rape camps’. The charity is now working to provide financial aid, job training and emotional support for them.
Talking about the Bosnia war – her film follows the fallout after the war began in 1992 - Angelina said, ‘It was the deadliest war in Europe since World War II, but sometimes people forget the terrible violence that happened in our time, in our generation, to our generation.’
Women for Women International was set up to help the victims of the war, and now work in eight countries including Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Less than 20 years ago, a regional war devastated many parts of Eastern Europe, sending refugees throughout the continent and seeing women and girls disproportionately affected as they were forced into rape camps while their husbands and sons were murdered’, says Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Women for Women International’s UK Executive Director. ‘This screening is part of a week focusing on how women have been at the heart of rebuilding the country and ensuring that the world does not forget about the women in Bosnia.”
For more information, go to www.womenforwomen.org.uk or follow @womenforwomenUK