If ever there was a good example of the two sides of Angelina Jolie's life, this week would be it: on her way to the Cannes Film Festival, where she's expected to walk the red carpet in support of boyfriend Brad Pitt's new film, the actress found time to make a pit stop at The Hague to hear a war crimes tribunal.
While Pitt prepares to hit the big screen in Quentin Tarantino's new movie, Inglorious Basterds, Angelina watched quietly as lawyers in the International Criminal Court argued the fate of Congolese militia leader Thomas Lugbanga, who is charged with abducting and then forcing children as young as 11 to fight in the Congolese civil war and act as sex slaves.
'Children deserve special protection. Using children in conflict is a heinous crime and destroys the very fabric of a society,' Angelina, who is goodwill ambassador for the UN's refugee agency, said in a statement.
'I imagined how difficult it must be for all the brave young children who have come to testify against him.'
Lugbanga is pleading not guilty to the charges against him.