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Angelina Jolie makes Instagram debut, highlights plight of Afghan women and refugees in first post

Jolie, a former U.N. goodwill ambassador has regularly worked with refugees over the years

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Angelina Jolie makes Instagram debut, highlights the plight of Afghan women and refugees in the first post.

Hollywood actress, who became a United Nations special envoy for refugee and displacement matters in 2012, shared her first post on the video-photo sharing platform on Friday.

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,” Jolie wrote.

The Eternals actress went on the say, “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.

To spend so much time and money, to have bloodshed 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,” she added.

“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 pledged.

 

In her second post on the platform, she highlighted the plight of refugees.

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

Today, 1% of the world’s population – 82.4 million people – is displaced. That’s nearly twice as many as a decades before, Jolie captioned her post.


 

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