American actress Angelina Jolie is in the Netherlands to visit the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Dutch city Den Hague.
Angelina attended a war crimes trial in The Hague on Tuesday at the ICC, hailing the bravery of youngsters who testified against Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga.
Lubanga is the first person to be tried by the International Criminal Court. A former rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lubanga is accused of conscripting, enlisting, and using child soldiers.
“Children deserve special protection. The use of children in conflict is a terrible crime. Adults have a responsibility to care for children and protect them from harm, not to put them in harm’s way by using them to fight in a war. When commanders use children in conflict, they create a generation trained in violence that tears at the fabric of society.” said Jolie, who is a goodwill ambassador for the UN’s refugee agency.
Angelina Jolie will help bring awareness about refugees as the U.N. refugee agency’s Goodwill Ambassador and give a voice to refugees, many of whom live in the shadows of forgotten tragedies.
This is the first international trial to focus solely on child soldiers. It started in January and is expected to continue throughout this year.
The United Nations estimates up to 250,000 child soldiers still fight in more than a dozen countries.