Angelina Jolie joins Instagram: Jolie joined the platform on Friday, posting a letter saying she got her name from a teenage Afghan girl, whose name and location were unclear. In the letter, the girl expressed her concerns and fears about life under the Taliban, writing, “We are in jail again.”
“Before the Taliban came … we all had rights, we were able to defend our rights freely,” the letter said. “But when they come, we all fear them, and we think all our dreams are gone.”
Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency, wrote in her title that she plans to share the stories of “people fighting for their basic human rights” around the world.
“I was on the border with Afghanistan two weeks before 9/11, where I met Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban. It was twenty years ago. And spending money, bloodshed and loss of life alone is almost impossible to understand. “
After the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban rapidly seized power, causing widespread panic among many in the country.
The Taliban previously held power between 1996 and 2001, leading a repressive regime in which women were mostly confined to the home, but amputations and public executions were not uncommon.
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Although the Taliban say they have changed, many people inside and outside Afghanistan are skeptical.
“I have a strong suspicion that the Taliban have changed. They do not have the same values as the Afghan people. Democracy is not an image for them. We believe the Taliban are ahead because the international community and the United Nations are watching them closely,” an Afghan woman in Kunduz told CNN in a voice note this week.
Meanwhile, thousands of Afghans have tried to flee the country, wreaking havoc at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, as the U.S. seeks to evacuate American citizens and vulnerable Afghans.