WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – Known for her humanitarian work, actress Angelina Jolie has commented on the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls saying the kidnappings are an “unthinkable cruelty.”
The mother of six, the 38-year-old actress was appearing at a Paris press conference for the upcoming film Maleficent (Disney / Release May 30, 2014) when the remarks were made.
“Sadly, of course, there is real evil in the world. You watch the news and you see all of the people suffering and so much cruelty.”
Jolie, and her partner Brad Pitt share a blended family adopting Pax (Vietnam) and Zahara (Africa) along with their daughter Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivenne. Her dedication to her children is well known, the actress recently stating in an ELLE magazine interview:
“I never thought I’d have children,” Jolie. “I never thought I’d be in love, I never thought I’d meet the right person. Having come from a broken home — you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you just don’t look for them.”
Jolie met Pitt on the set of the film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” in 2005 while Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston. Hollywood rumor is that the two will team up again in a film based on a script by Jolie. The film is said to be about a couple taking off on vacation in hopes of saving their failing marriage.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is claiming responsibility for the kidnappings, vowing to sell the girls in order to keep them from becoming educated and in order to enforce strict Sharia law.
“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” the man said. “There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.”
Eight more schoolgirls were taken Warabe, a village in northeastern Nigeria and an attack on a market left some 300 dead, both acts attributed to Boko Haram, this week.
The U.S. is sending help to the area, from technological tools to drones. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that America “will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and to hold the perpetrators to justice.”
Speaking with Al Roker (ABC News) President Obama has said that “We’re going to do everything we can to provide assistance to them.”
“In the short term our goal is obviously to help the international community, and the Nigerian government, as a team to do everything we can to recover these young ladies,” the commander-in-chief continued. “But we’re also going to have to deal with the broader problem of organizations like this, that, uh, you know, can cause such havoc in people’s day-to-day lives.”
“We’ve always identified them as one of the worst local or regional terrorist organizations there is out there,” Obama said. “And I can only imagine what the parents are going through.”