"There can be no peace while women in conflict or
post-conflict zones are raped with impunity," the Oscar-winning
actress said in Sarajevo.
Jolie was accompanied by British Foreign Secretary William
Hague, with whom she will co-host a global conference in London
in June on preventing rape being used a tactic in war.
She said she hoped the initiative would help break down taboos
about war rape.
Witnesses said Jolie cried while listening to victims in the
town of Srebrenica.
"Our tradition is not to talk about the rape," said Munira
Subasic, the head of the association of Srebrenica mothers.
"Many women have been through it but don't talk about it. That
is why this visit is important, to show them they don't have to
cope with it alone," Subasic said.
The initiative was partly inspired by Jolie's film "In the Land
of Blood and Honey", which dealt with sexual violence inflicted
on a woman during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.
Jolie and Hague also laid flowers at a cemetery for Bosnian
Muslim victims of the Srebrenica massacre, Europe's worst
massacre since World War Two.
Bosnian Serb forces commanded by General Ratko Mladic killed
around 8,000 Muslim men and boys after the U.N.-protected
enclave fell in their hands in July 1995. Mladic is now on trial
for genocide at the United Nations tribunal in The Hague.
More than 100,000 people, most of them civilians, were killed in
the war between Bosnia's Serbs, Muslim Bosniaks and Croats. It
is believed that around 20,000 women were raped.
(Additional reporting by Daria Sito-Sucic in Sarajevo;
by Zoran Radosavljevic and Angus MacSwan)
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