Angelina Jolie, the Oscar-winning actress and human-rights crusader, posted a letter from a teenage girl in Afghanistan in her debut Instagram post.
“Afghanistan’s citizens are currently losing their ability to communicate and express themselves freely on social media. So I’ve taken to Instagram to share their tales as well as the voices of individuals all over the world who are fighting for their basic human rights “Jolie posted a photo of the letter and a photo of ladies wearing burkas besides her message.
“I was on the border of Afghanistan two weeks before 9/11, where I met Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban,” added the actress, who is a special envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency. “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. 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. 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. 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’s post has gotten more than 2 million “likes” since it was posted on Friday.
The letter the actress shared has the name and other identifying markers blacked out in an attempt to protect the author.
In the note, the girl explained how before the Taliban seized control of the country, women and girls had rights and were permitted to go to school and work.
“But when they come, we are all afraid of them, and we think all our dreams are gone,” the girl said.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said Saturday that Americans should stay away from the Kabul airport due to “potential security threats outside the gates,” showing an increasingly desperate effort to escape the Taliban.