Countess of Wessex wells up as she speaks to survivors of sexual violence during visit to Kosovo

Mail Online | 10/17/2019 | Harriet Johnston For Mailonline
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The Countess of Wessex was visibly moved today as she made an emotional visit to meet with survivors of sexual violence from the Kosovo War.

Sophie, 54, spoke with survivors on the trip, before she stood side-by-side with several people at the Heroinat Memorial, which commemorates sacrifices made by women throughout and after the Kosovo conflict.

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The royal went on to open a conference to look into transgenerational trauma as a result of sexual violence in the Kosovo conflict, where she said she'd found the survivor's stories 'harrowing'.

In an emotional speech, Sophie said: 'We must support every survivor. If we are truly taking a survivor-centred approach, we must ensure we are listening and responding to survivors needs.'

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The mother-of-two is currently on a two day visit to the country, in an effort to highlight the trauma and stigma faced by survivors of sexual violence in conflict during the Kosovo War in 1998-1999.

For the visit, the Duchess selected a blush pink dress by one of her favourite designers, Emilia Wickstead.

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Known as the 'Ludovice' dress, the pink £1,430 number had short sleeves and a keyhole opening and was cut in a full and flared shape.

Sophie was seen visiting the Heroinat Memorial in Pristina, which was unveiled in 2015, alongside survivors of sexual violence.

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The memorial is a woman's face made up of thousands of pins to represent the thousands of women affected by the conflict in 1998-1999.

She appeared moved by the memorial, and in one powerful moment, was seen putting her arms around the survivors she stood alongside.

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The Countess appeared emotional as she listened to stories from sexual survivors, which she later called 'harrowing'.

She went on to make a speech to open a conference to launch the preliminary results of research into transgenerational trauma as a result of sexual violence...
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