Angelina Jolie Responds to Taliban Shooting of 14-year-old Activist

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Angelina Jolie was so outraged by the Taliban attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai that she put pen to paper to voice her concerns.

The United Nations Goodwill Ambassador wrote an essay for The Daily Beast Tuesday and explained how even her children are greatly concerned after hearing news of the shocking incident.

What did she write?

Jolie wrote, “I felt compelled to share Malala’s story with my children. It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only ‘crime’ was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school.”

Jolie wrote that her children, who understandably couldn’t quite understand how something this tragic could occur, expressed utter shock upon hearing the news. They also asked practical questions that only children seem to have the ability to properly articulate.

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, six, asked, “whether Malala had any pets, and if so, who would take care of them?” She also asked if Malala’s parents were crying and how they were handling the news.

In fact, Pax Jolie-Pitt, eight, suggested that there be a statue built in Malala’s honor – complete with “a reading nook near it.”

Jolie concluded her revealing and powerful letter with her hopes that the recuperating schoolgirl “be given serious consideration” for a Nobel Peace Prize.

She isn't the only one in Hollywood to voice her disgust at the tragedy. Madonna expressed her sickness towards the incident at the Los Angeles leg of her MDNA tour on Oct. 10.

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What do you think of Jolie’s essay about women’s educational rights? Sound off in the comments section below.



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  • Lamont Scott
    Lamont Scott

    Now wait a minute, now are not these the same people who were praising Obama in telling the Taliban when we were getting out of Afghanistan? And that despite what this administration is saying about the trained afghanies we're leaving behind, that the Taliban will just move back in and take over again, and shut down all the schools for girls and keep them in there homes. Can we all say Hypocrites.

  • Nonna

    I respect Angelina and also Brad Pitt...they put their money where their mouth is...I also believe that both of them are trying to make the world seems to come from the heart and not for publicity or for their image...they, neither one, hesitate to speak up..even if what they're saying is not the popular thing....I often wonder if she wears black all the time in some symbolic way because of all the suffering she sees...I read once that Audrey Hepburn had difficulty eating much...and even adopted a simpler, almost stark way of dressing...little or no jewelry..etc etc...she said that it felt disrespectful of the many she tried to help who were starving and poverty stricken...Angelina reminds me a lot of Audrey Hepburn...a great humanitarian

  • Rita

    Angelina is the best....I admire her more than any other Hollywood star (and that includes the queen of whine ex sitcom star)....speaking out about this travesty and her children's poignant stories is truely heart breaking.