Angelina Jolie finally joined Instagram, using the platform to share the voices of those suffering in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over.
- Actress Angelina Jolie joined IG to spread awareness about the current catastrophe in Afghanistan.
- Jolie believes the U.S. withdrawal from the Central Asian country is a “betrayal and a failure.”
- In a matter of days, her official account amassed almost 8M followers.
Angelina Jolie, who was, until recently one of the celebrities refusing to join Instagram, finally created an account on the social media platform. However, the 46-year-old actress did not join IG to show off her lavish lifestyle. She did it to spread awareness about the harsh consequences the people of Afghanistan are currently dealing with after their president fled the country and the Taliban seized power.
As Fox News reports, the Eternals star’s first Instagram publication was a letter she claims she received from a teenage Afghan girl. In the caption section, Jolie wrote:
“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.”
The iconic actress shared she was on the border of Afghanistan just two weeks before 9/11.
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Jolie said that 20 years ago, she met Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban, adding:
“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.”
The mother-of-six 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.
Jolie vowed she would “continue to look for ways to help.”
On Friday, the actress told Time Magazine:
“Whatever your views on the war in Afghanistan, we probably agree on one thing: it should not have ended this way.”
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Following a two-decade-long war, the U.S. has finally decided to withdraw from Afghanistan. The withdrawal was set to be completed at the beginning of September. However, just two weeks before its due date, the Taliban seized power in the country.
According to Jolie, abandoning the people in Afghanistan “in the most chaotic way imaginable” is a “betrayal and a failure.” She states that as an American, she is “ashamed by the manner of our leaving,” adding:
“It diminishes us. We have lost leverage to influence what now happens in Afghanistan. We lack a strategy to monitor and support women and civil society in Afghanistan, who the Taliban have a history of targeting—banning girls from school, confining women to the home, and inflicting brutal physical punishments, including public lashing, on any woman perceived to have stepped out of line.”