Angelina Jolie Joins Instagram, Shares a Letter from an Afghan Girl
In light of the situation in Afghanistan, Angelina writes, "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"
Barely half a day has passed since Angelina Jolie joined Instagram, and yet she already has almost 4 million followers on the platform. The actress, filmmaker, and Special Envoy of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) has been elusive on social media. But, she was compelled to finally launch her own Instagram account to draw attention to and shed light on the situation in Afghanistan.
Angelina Jolie's first-ever Instagram post featured a lengthy caption where she opened up about her experience being on the border of Afghanistan two weeks before 9/11, meeting Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban, and watching them be "treated like a burden" for decades. The post came with a photo of a handwritten letter she received from an Afghan girl, who shared how they had rights, were able to defend their rights freely, and could go on with their lives properly until the Taliban regime. "But when they came, we are all afraid of them, and we think all our dreams are gone," she wrote.
Reacting to this heartbreaking letter, Jolie captioned, "This is a letter I was sent from a teenage girl in Afghanistan. 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."
Last August 15, the Taliban fighters marched into the capital of Kabul, regaining control of the country after 20 years since they were ousted by a military coalition led by the US. Taliban is a militant group that ran Afghanistan in the late 1990s. The US forces have now started to leave the country, and as soon as they did, Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. This has been causing panic and chaos, especially in Kabul airport, as Afghans desperately try to flee. The troop withdrawal of the US is slated to be completed on August 31, a deadline set by President Joe Biden which may be extended to evacuate Americans.
"It is sickening to watch Afghans being displaced yet again out of the fear and uncertainty that has gripped their country," Jolie writes, ending her first Instagram post with a call to action. "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."
Jolie also wrote an op-ed on TIME, where she stated, "Whatever your views on the war in Afghanistan, we probably agree on one thing: it should not have ended this way." Read more in the post below:
Angelina Jolie's latest work as an actress is the upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name, Eternals. In the movie, which will be released on November 5, she stars as Thena, an elite warrior Eternal who can form any weapon out of cosmic energy. The other cast members include Gemma Chan as Sersi, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Barry Keoghan as Druig, Salma Hayek as Ajak, and Lia McHugh as Sprite.
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