Angelina Jolie joins Instagram, shares powerful message in first post

Actress and Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie visits The United Nations on September 14, 2017 in New York City.
Actress and Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie visits The United Nations on September 14, 2017 in New York City. Photo credit Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
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Angelina Jolie has joined Instagram, and the actress is using her account to spread awareness about the situation in Afghanistan.

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On Friday, the "Maleficent" star, 46, joined the social media platform and shared a letter than she received from a teenage girl in Afghanistan disclosing the state of the country days after the Taliban took control of the government.

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"This is a letter I was sent from a teenage girl in Afghanistan," Jolie captioned the post, a photo of the handwritten note. "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."

In a statement shared with multiple outlets including People and Entertainment Tonight, a source close to Jolie explained that the actress decided to join to use the social media platform to bring people's attention to the state of the country following the Taliban takeover.

"Angie felt compelled to join in a moment when women and young people in Afghanistan are losing the ability to communicate on social media and express themselves freely. From her point of view, if she’s able to be a part of the effort to amplify their voices, then she felt it was reason enough to join and use her platform," the source said.

In her long caption, Jolie went on to comment on the situation.

"It is sickening to watch Afghans being displaced yet again out of the fear and uncertainty that has gripped their country," the "Girl, Interrupted" star wrote.

"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 continued. "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," Jolie concluded the caption.

Jolie is a staunch advocate for humanitarian causes. The Oscar-winning actress is a special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and has spoken out on issues over the years including domestic violence, the empowerment of underserved women, and saving bees.

In July, Jolie was seen in a full beekeeping suit as she partnered with French fragrance and cosmetics house Guerlain for the “Women for Bees” project, along with UNESCO and the Observatoire Français d’Apidologie.

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