Amid the chaos and crisis in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over, actor Angelina Jolie joined Instagram to share the voices and stories of those across the globe who are fighting for basic human rights.
Saying that she will not turn away but will look for ways to help those hit by the prevailing circumstances in Afghanistan, the actor debuted on the social media platform by sharing a handwritten letter she said she received from a young girl in Afghanistan.
"We all had rights, we (were) able to defend our rights freely, but when they came, we are all afraid of them, and we think all our dreams are gone," the girl wrote.
Posting the letter on Instagram, Jolie wrote:
“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”.
The Hollywood actor also recalled how she was on the border of Afghanistan two weeks before 9/11, and wrote: “I met Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban. 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 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.
“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”.
Unprecedented chaos and tension followed in Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and the Taliban entered Kabul on August 15 and took control of the country.
The actor also shared a photo of seven Afghan women with their backs to the camera.