Sexual violence has been a central feature of the conflicts that have raged through the region for decades. Thousands of men, women and children are affected each year in activities that constitute war crimes under the Geneva Conventions.
"So what's the most dangerous thing that's ever happened to you?" It's a standard question. The only one that's even more regular, and I dislike even more, is "what's your favourite place?" I guess it's a legitimate question, if you write a book called Bad Lands, travelling along George W Bush's Axis of Evil - the Iran, Iraq, North Korea trio.
In his pre-G8 speech the Prime Minister once again raised "the golden thread" theory which posits a link between open economies and open societies. Eradicating conflict and corruption, establishing the rule of law, free speech and the presence of property rights and strong institutions are central to this.
We've seen the troubling issue of violence against children accused of witchcraft back in the headlines this week, as the UK Government launches an action plan to tackle it.