DUBAI: Hollywood actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has finally joined Instagram. The 46-year-old made her debut on the social media platform on Saturday.
But do not expect outfit-of-the-day mirror pictures or skincare tutorials from Jolie. The actress, who is also a special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said she joined the photo-sharing app “to share … stories and the voices of those across the globe who are fighting for their basic human rights.”
Her first post on the platform was an emotional handwritten letter she had received from a teenage girl in Afghanistan.
Using her platform to highlight the plight of women and young girls from Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover, Jolie shared the letter, which hid the young woman’s identity but shared details of her fears about living in the country.
An excerpt read “20 years and again we have no rights. The life of all of us is dark. We all lost our freedom, and we are imprisoned again.”
In a lengthy caption that accompanied the post, which has garnered nearly two million likes since it was posted, 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 actress went on to share that she met Afghan refugees when she was on Afghanistan’s border back in 2011.
She added: “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.”
She concluded by stating that she will “not turn away,” adding: “I will continue to look for ways to help. And I hope you’ll join me.”