Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has joined Instagram and said she will use the platform to share the voices of those fighting for their basic human rights who came out of Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country.
In her first post on the social media platform, Jolie shared a letter she received from an anonymous teenage girl in Afghanistan, fearing to live in the country in the current circumstances.
“Right now, the people of Afghanistan are losing the ability to communicate on social media and express themselves freely. So I came to Instagram to share their stories and their voices around the world fighting for their basic human rights,” the 46-year-old Oscar-winning actor wrote.
Taliban President Ashraf Ghani entered Kabul on Sunday after leaving the country, Brought a spectacular end to two decades of propaganda in which the United States and its allies sought to change Afghanistan.
This provoked chaos at Kabul airport, from where the U.S. and its allies are trying to evacuate thousands of civilians and allies safely.
Jolie recalls a time on the Afghan border two weeks before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and said she met Afghan refugees who fled the Taliban nearly 20 years ago.
“It is sad to see Afghans being displaced again from the fear and uncertainty that is gripping their country. It is almost impossible to understand why this alone is costing so much time and money, bloodshed and loss of life,” she wrote.
It is also pathetic how Afghanistan treats refugees as a “burden,” Jolie said in a clear critique of world leaders.
“If they have the tools and the respect, to know how much they can do for themselves. And meeting so many women and girls is not only about wanting education, it’s fighting for it. Like others who are committed, I will not back down. I will continue to look for ways to help. And I hope you will join me. I hope so, ”the actor concluded his post.
Jolie posted the entire letter of the young woman along with a photo of seven Afghan women standing with their backs.
In the letter, the girl described her difficulties in going to school after being captured by the Taliban.
“We all have rights, we were able to defend our rights freely, but when they come we are all scared, and we feel like all our dreams are gone,” the girl wrote.
Since her inception, Jolie’s first post has received over 1.3 million likes on Instagram. She has amassed 4.2 million followers on her social media platform.