Angelina Jolie joins Instagram to share heartbreaking letter from young Afghan girl


Published: 2021-08-23 14:55

Last Updated: 2022-12-09 16:50

Editor: Dana Sharayri

Credit: Marco Di Lauro
Credit: Marco Di Lauro

Three days ago, the American actress Angelina Jolie joined Instagram to raise awareness about what women and children in Afghanistan are suffering from.

Jolie shared a picture of a handwritten letter from a teenage girl in Afghanistan.

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She said that she was sharing the letter on Instagram since a lot of Afghan people are not able to access the platform.

"Right now, the people of Afghanistan are losing their ability to communicate on social media and to express themselves freely. So I’ve come on Instagram to share their stories and the voices of those across the globe who are fighting for their basic human rights," Jolie wrote.

In her Instagram post, she also talked about her past humanitarian work in Afghanistan, and shared her thoughts on the current situation there.

"I was on the border of Afghanistan two weeks before 9/11, where I met Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban. This was twenty years ago. It is sickening to watch Afghans being displaced yet again out of the fear and uncertainty that has gripped their country."

She continued, "Watching for decades how Afghan refugees - some of the most capable people in the world - are treated like a burden is also sickening. Knowing that if they had the tools and respect, how much they would do for themselves. And meeting so many women and girls who not only wanted an education, but fought for it."

According to the handwritten letter which Jolie shared, the young girl wrote that after the Taliban took over "we are all afraid of them, and we think all our dreams are gone. We think our rights have been violated."

"One day they came to our house and we were all scared," the anonymous girl's letter continues.

The young girl expressed fear over returning to school due to Taliban's rules about women and girls.

“After that day I thought about what kind of time I should go to school in the morning in this situation, because of their existence, or when I came home from course again, the air was dark, but I could come home very easily, but now I cannot go to the course easily."

"We all lost our freedom, and we are imprisoned again."

Jolie concluded the post with, "Like others who are committed, I will not turn away. I will continue to look for ways to help. And I hope you’ll join me."

Sunday, Jolie shared her second post on Instagram in which she spoke about working with displaced people.

She wrote, “I started working with displaced people because I believe passionately in human rights. Not out of charity, but out of a deep respect for them and their families, and all they continue to overcome, despite so much persecution, inequality and injustice.”

According to Jolie’s post, one percent of the world’s population - 82.4 million people - is displaced, which is nearly twice as many as a decade before.

“Some crises, like the war in Afghanistan, have lasted for decades. Others, like the conflict in Ethiopia, are more recent.

They all have in common the violence and denial of rights that leave innocent families with no choice but to flee.”

She lastly wrote “At which point will we be concerned enough to address the environmental devastation, conflict and human rights abuses that fuel these crises?”

On social media, Jolie has only joined Instagram. She already has more than 7.6 million followers.

In a previous interview with BBC Radio 4 back in 2018, Jolie said "I'm not on Facebook, and none of my (six) children are on Facebook. Nobody's even asked to be."

She also does not have an official Twitter account.