I will not turn away: Angelina Jolie joins Instagram to share Afghanistan stories
Los Angeles/IBNS: American actress-filmmaker Angelina Jolie Saturday joined social networking site Instagram to share stories from Afghanistan, which has been invaded by the insurgent group Taliban.
Angelina, who is also the special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said she would be sharing stories of all those who are fighting for basic human rights on Instagram.
In her first post, the actress shared a letter from an Afghan girl who is "afraid" of Taliban.
An excerpt of the girl's letter reads, "I am a young girl, I live in Afghanistan, before (the) Taliban came in, we all went to work, school properly. We all had rights, we was (were) able to defend our rights freely, but when they came, we are (were) all afraid of them, and we think all our dreams are gone."
Sharing the letter on Instagram, Angelina writes in a long post, "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.
"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. 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."
She adds, "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."
After days of fighting with the security forces and capturing territories, Taliban entered Kabul city Sunday and took control over the Presidential Palace.
President Ashraf Ghani fled the country as the insurgents entered the country.
Scenes of desperation were witnessed at Kabul airport Monday as hundreds of people, who are desperate to leave Afghanistan, clung on to a moving US Air Force C-17 aircraft on the tarmac.