According to Pop Crave’s Twitter page, the Tomb Raider actress became “the fastest person to reach 1 and 2 million followers on Instagram after joining the platform earlier today.”
Utilizing The Platform
As a former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and now a Special Envoy, Angelina posted a very special photo.
For her first share on the photo-sharing app, the humanitarian uploaded a powerful letter she received from an Afghan girl detailing the current situation in her home country after being seized by the Taliban.
“This is a letter I was sent from a teenage girl in Afghanistan,” Angelina wrote in the caption, alongside a photo of the handwritten letter. “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.”
She Has A Good Heart
She also shared her experience when visiting the country back in 2011.
“I was on the border of Afghanistan two weeks before 9/11, where I met Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban. This was twenty years ago. It is sickening to watch Afghans being displaced yet again out of the fear and uncertainty that has gripped their country. To spend so much time and money, to have bloodshed and lives lost only to come to this, is a failure almost impossible to understand. 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.”
After years of staying private and out of social media, Angelina’s decision to join Instagram stunned many fans.
“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,” an insider told People. “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.”
She Received Plenty Of Praise
As of this writing, Angelina’s first post earned over 450,000 likes. More than 31,000 fans also welcomed her to the site while thanking her for her newest share.
“Welcome Angie to Instagram!! Thank you for giving voice,” one of her followers wrote.
“Welcome to Instagram Special Envoy – your voice and those who join you are needed now more than ever,” the UNHCR’s Instagram page commented.
“Angelina, thank you for using your platform for good,” echoed a third commenter.
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