Angelina Jolie condemns US on Afghanistan crisis in her debut social media post
There are few celebrities as socially aware and as influential as Angelina Jolie. She holds massive influence over millions of individuals across the world, and the UN Goodwill Ambassador and UNHCR Special Envoy makes sure that she uses that power in a very positive way. Recently, Jolie made her debut on social media and her first post was quite heartbreaking. In it, she condemned the United States for its role in the Afghanistan crisis, while sharing a letter from an Afghan girl.
On Friday, 20th August, Angelina Joie finally made her debut on Instagram. And this was particularly new from Jolie since she is extremely secretive about her private life. But instead, she used her inaugural post to share a letter from an Afghan girl that she received, saying in her post:
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.
Angelina Jolie then later proceeded to say how disgusted she was at seeing the vicious cycle of violence in Afghanistan perpetuated, despite spending so much money to prevent it. She wrote in the caption:
It is sickening to watch Afghans being displaced yet again out of the fear and uncertainty that has gripped their country. To spend so much time and money, to have blood shed and lives lost only to come to this, is a failure almost impossible to understand.
Jolie further mentioned how she met Afghan refugees two weeks before 9/11 when women were fleeing the Taliban rule. Moreover, she also criticized the deplorable treatment of Afghan refugees in Western countries. She said it’s “sickening” how “some of the most capable people in the world – are treated like a burden”. In the end, she reemphasized:
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.
What did the letter say which Angelina Jolie shared?
Angelina Jolie shared a snapshot of the letter, which an anonymous Afghan girl wrote to her. Captioned “Fear from Taliban,” Jolie blurred all the sensitive details from the letter. The girl clearly mentions the stark contrast in the life before and after the Taliban came, writing:
Before Taliban came in, we all went to work, school… we all had rights, we were able to defend our rights freely. But when they came, we are all afraid of them, and we think all our dreams are gone. We think our rights have been violated.
Moreover, the girl said that she does not think the Taliban have changed one bit. She reveals how scared she is to go to school:
Some people say they Taliban change, but I do not think so because they have a very bad past. One day they come to our house and we were all scared and after that day, I thought about what kind of time I should go to school in the morning…
In the end, the Afghan girl wrote a chilling phrase, which would make anyone ponder on the plight of the Afghans. She wrote:
The life of all of us is dark, we all lost our freedom, and we are imprisoned again.
Angelina Jolie is striving hard to help the Afghans ever since the Taliban took over once again. However, one celebrity cannot bring that change alone by herself. But, this is far from her only work in support of refugees. As UNHCR Special Envoy, Jolie has advocated for refugees across Iraq, Syria, and Myanmar. Apart from her humanitarian work, she’ll be starring in Marvel’s Eternals, which will hit the theatres on November 4.