Angelina Jolie on Nigerian schoolgirl kidnapping: ‘It’s because of this culture of impunity’

The Maleficent actress uses the premiere of her new film as a means of discussing the Nigerian abductees

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Angelina Jolie has offered her view on why over 200 school girls were kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram (scroll to watch video).

Talking at the London premiere of her new film Maleficent, the actress said that responsibility doesn't solely lie with the abductees, but also with our “culture of impunity”.

“These men thought that they can get away with this, that they could abuse them in such a way, sell them, rape them, take them as property, because so many people have gotten away with this in the past because of this culture of impunity,” she said.

Jolie – a United Nations Special Envoy for Refugees - will co-chair the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London next month, with Foreign Secretary William Hague.

She recently travelled to Bosnia to meet rape victims of the Bosnian war.

“One of the things we’re trying to do is not just do everything we can to bring these girls home, but make that this stops happening and that this is not something that people believe they can get away with,” she continued.

“Right now it is, so it’s our failing that it’s gotten to this point.”

She said urgent action is needed to ensure that incidents like this do not happen again.

“We have to start arresting people for this, we have to start bringing them to justice and we have to start making it an absolute crime that puts fear in these men so that they think twice about this kind of action,” she said.

She joins a number of high-profile names to have spoken out about the kidnapping, which took place on April 14 in north-east Nigeria. Bob Geldof today said that the abduction was caused by poverty, while Hillary Clinton has called the crime “abominable”.

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