See Angelina Jolie's First Ever Instagram Post

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Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images

More than a decade since its inception, one of the world's biggest stars has finally joined Instagram.

Leaving the club of non-participators, which still includes Emma Stone, Jay-Z and Scarlett Johansson, as of August 21 2021, Angelina Jolie is now on Instagram.

The humanitarian - who also describes herself as a 'mum and filmmaker' in her bio - joined the platform with an urgent message on behalf of the women of Afghanistan who are terrified of the recent takeover of the country by the Taliban.

The post displayed a letter which Jolie explained she was sent by a teenage girl from Afghanistan who is extremely fearful of the erosion of her rights to education, work and freedom.

'Before the Taliban came in... we all had rights, we were able to defend our rights freely. But when they came [sic], we are all afraid of them and we think all of our dreams are gone. We think our rights have been violated and we can not get out.'

The letter ends 'We all lost our freedom and we are imprisoned again'.

Jolie, who is a special envoy to the UN commission for refugees, told how she had met refugees fleeing Taliban rule on the Afghan border twenty years ago in 2001.

'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,' Jolie wrote.

Photo credit: Guillermo Legaria - Getty Images
Photo credit: Guillermo Legaria - Getty Images

'It is sickening to watch Afghans being displaced yet again out of the fear and uncertainty that has gripped their country... 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.'

In the few days since the Oscar-winning actor arrived on the platform, she has now amassed 7.6 million followers. Jolie has since followed up her debut post with another which highlights her work with refugees and displaced people around the world.

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