Oscar-winning actress, Actress Angelina Jolie, used her first Instagram post to criticize President Biden’s handling of the U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Her post was a picture of a letter she received from an Afghan teen sharing her fears of the Taliban. The teen had enjoyed basic freedoms like attending school and was worried they would now be stripped away. Jolie wrote, “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.”
She stated that she joined Instagram to share the stories of the Aghani people who can no longer communicate on social media. Her account already has 9.8 million followers, only five days after joining the social media app.
Jolie, also Special Envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, penned an op-ed for Time Magazine on Friday. In it, she says “Whatever your views on the war in Afghanistan, we probably agree on one thing: it should not have ended this way…As an American, I am ashamed by the manner of our leaving. It diminishes us.”
In the letter, Jolie shared about her time spent in Afghanistan. According to Daily Wire, “She was in Afghanistan mere weeks before the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and met refugees fleeing the Taliban.” She went on to describe her disgrace in how the Biden administration handled the exit. She said, “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…. 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.”
On Thursday, Jolie followed up with another post about a video she produced. She made this video to shed light on the issues young women in Afghanistan face. The BBC censored and hid the girls’ faces in the video, claiming the need to do this to protect their identities. Jolie says in her post, “I’m not a journalist. My passion has always been to shed light on issues relating to young people and to support them.”
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