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Angelina's Adopted Daughter Conceived During Rape?

Angelina's Adopted Daughter Conceived During Rape?

The Ethiopian baby adopted by Angelina Jolie was conceived after her mother was raped, reports Reuters.

Mentwabe Dawit, mother of two-year-old Zahara, claims she was 24-years-old when she attacked one evening in 2004 after a day’s work at a construction site in the southern Ethiopian town of Awasa.

“[A man approached me in the darkness.] He pulled a dagger, put one hand on my mouth, so that I could not scream. He then raped me and disappeared,” Mentwabe said with tears streaming down her face. “[I kept the assault a secret because] I feared the consequences of being raped in a community where rape is considered a taboo, even if what happened happened forcibly.”

Mentwabe gave birth in the family’s earth-floored house and she named the little girl Yemsrach which means good news in the Amharic language.

“I was unable to feed Yemsrach,” Mentwabe said. “My baby was on the verge of death. She became malnourished and was even unable to cry. I was desperate and decided to run away, rather than see my child dying… “I have never disputed the adoption of my baby by Angelina Jolie. I think my daughter is a very fortunate human being to be adopted by a world famous lady. I wish them both all the success they deserve.”

There’s also a video report of Mentwabe talking about how fortunate Zahara is to have been adopted by Angelina.

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  • Anne

    you know, i thought this issue was settled. I see some type of exploitation here. this just all makes me sad. Really sad.

  • http://yahoo Yes

    Zee is cute

  • reba

    What I thought the mother died from AIDS? I’m so confused…

  • Janice

    Good for Jared for putting his foot down. :)

  • j

    Z looks so much like her,she’s beautiful. So glad that she is thankful for the amazing thing Angie did by adopting her. :)

  • sophie

    that poor woman! im so glad shes supportive of angie and the kid, i hope shes doing well now.

  • http://yahoo Yes

    There you go haters, no questions or stupid comments. Jared will ban you!

  • soopx.

    wow what a beautiful lady,love you angelina.

  • coco

    you know jared, it’s been stated that zahara’s birth mother is dead! the grandmother testified, so i don’t see the need to bring this up. let zahara and angelina be. she’s in a happy home now =)

  • J2

    It is wonderful that Zee has the opportunity to live a good life, even if she was conceived in rape, she is precious and a treasure to all who love her. May her birth mother be able to live life in peace knowing that the child she gave birth to has a good life.

  • georgia

    happy for little zahara. sad that she has to hear eventually that she was conceived in rape.

    must be hard for jolie too to now know that the adopted mother is alive as she was told she was dead.

  • soopx.

    Brads beautiful girls.

  • nando

    Wow, that lady’s pretty. Z looks a lot like her.

  • :)

    Thanks JJ,I`m so glad that Angie adopted Z.she now has a good oppertunities in her life.Thanks JJ for being so nice toward jps.

  • mandy

    Wow that’s sad. But at least Z has a great life ahead of her now. I think The mother was right to do what she did. I wouldn’t want my child to suffer like that.

  • soopx.

    Angelina and Brad GOD is going to give you two people a lot of BLESSINGS for adopting this child.

  • soopx.

    Angelina and Brad GOD is going to give you two people a lot of BLESSINGS for adopting this child.

  • soopx.

    sorry for double post.

  • sam p

    she is NOT dead,she LEFT Z WITH GRANDMOTHER and run away and was mia for a long period of time then the grandmother thought that she died and give z away and told the court that z is a AID ORPHAN.

  • http://yahoo Yes

    Am not sure that’s Zee’s real mum but she looks abit like Z!

  • angie

    Zee now is one happy girl with good parent.she was wishes to them.

  • Bradleyfan

    Sad story, with happy END!!!!

  • Audrey

    my heart goes out to ZAHARA, she will discover her bio. mother
    through media gossip.

  • Sebastian

    YOU ARE THE MAN; Jared!!

    Yeah, it’s GREAT that you will began to BAN Haters if they said Vile and Disgusting things about the Jolie-Pitts and Princess Zahara!!

  • they forgot brad.

    they forgot to say she was adopted by Brad Pitt also.

  • http://none linda

    All said and done. Angelina Jolie is a wonderful human being, she saves lives. Keep up the good work Angelina. We your fans, we love you and your family.

    May these holidays bring more joys and peace to you and your family.

  • :)

    I`m not sure If she is real mother or not because I heard this kind of story some years ago too.BTW she is beautiful lady.But I`m so happy for Z to have many good things in her life now.


  • Menna

    That’s so sad but Zahara is truly blessed to be with Angelina and Brad and it’s best for everybody. Im Ethiopian so I can relate to her. Both my parents, me, and my bro speak Amaharic and I’ve been to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia countless times. im going again this summer. You can also tell from my name.

  • Susan

    Wow, Z does look alot like her natural mother. I hope she is given the chance one day to meet her real mother. I think that would be nice. B & A seem to be good parents and by looking at all of their children, have taken good care of them.

  • http://yahoo Yes

    Now we now the mother is happy for Angelina + Brad + Family. :D

  • Angie is a savior

    Many thanks to Angie for having saved this lovely little girl.

    If only the trolls here will follow Angie’s example, there will be peace on earth. PEACE.

  • Lenny

    I agree with Coco. Nothing supports this woman’s claim. The grandmother and adoption agency both agree that the mother is dead. This woman is not the first to come forth and claim she is Zahara’s birth mother.

  • Just Jared

    Feel sorry for her. I feel for the woman her decision to put her up for adoption. Hopefully she’ll get to meet her in the future.


    I thought the mother died too…. I guess not.

  • http://yahoo Yes

    outtouch POFF!

  • josefine

    Z’s mom is very pretty

  • Good for the baby

    The mother probably gets paid a lot to come out now. She left her baby and ran away, now back to get media spotlight. I can understand if she couldnt afford to feed the baby and give the baby up to an orphanage or adoption center but now she’s out to speak to the media. Good for Z that now her mom is AJ. Her bio mom seems immature and care more about herself.

  • Good for the baby

    The mother probably gets paid a lot to come out now. She left her baby and ran away, now back to get media spotlight. I can understand if she couldnt afford to feed the baby and give the baby up to an orphanage or adoption center but now she’s out to speak to the media. Good for Z that now her mom is AJ. Her bio mom seems immature and care more about herself.

  • tsfan

    Something odd is occurring in the media this week. First Us Weekly decides to dig up a story about a suicide in Britney Spear’s family. And now a respected news wire is talking about a child being a result of rape. Is there any respect for family and privacy? I have nothing against this woman, I don’t believe she is the mother, but do we all need to know this? What about Zahara? the Spear’s family? This need to exploit people has reached so far that nothing crosses the line anymore. Anything and everything is supposed to be our business. This does not sit well with me.

    Whoever this woman is I wish her luck in her life.

  • Here’s The Deal

    The woman has resemblance to Zahara, that much is undeniable. However, I’m not convinced that this is her birth mom, and I won’t be convinced until there’s proof.

  • bdj

    Hmmm this is the third Mother that tabs have found to be Zahara’s Mother. However, I wish the woman in the story truth and peace. Zahara is a beautiful, blessed child. She is loved by BP and AJ. AJ is a dedicated humanitarian, Mother and Partner. This cannot be taken away from her no matter how many false tabs stories and smear campaigns. AJ is someone that I admire and I wish her all the best. It is sad that with all the problems in the world, media and tabs focus on a woman with a good heart. AJ is merely trying to make a difference and raise her children. Hens, rags and troublemakers really should move on with their lives. BP and AJ are good people with good hearts. Best wishes to BAMPZS.

  • Frenchy

    Excuse me but this is more exploitation of a woman who may have been raped. What on earth does this have to do on a celebrity blog? How does she know it was her child that was given to Angelina & Brad? her child could be dead for all we know. Does the adoption agency notify the people who gave them up that the child has been adopted and by whom? I think not. This whole story is very unseemly and needs to end NOW.

  • Pathetic

    I am happy that Z has a good home and all, but for you to be so blantantly kissing the Jolie-Pitt’s asses is disgusting!

  • wondering???????????

    why does this have to come out to the public.what is behind all of this?sometime it looks like big money is out their trying to bring angie down,like maybe some high powered people with money,like multi me someone is trying their best to dig trash on angie.

  • miss jay

    Zahara is a ver blessed little lady. Thank GOD for people like Angie who not only have substantial financial means but put it to good use.

  • montana mike

    the jolie pitts are wonderful people for doing what they do for the children with no chance of survival in other countries. i can’t imagine zahara would be smiling like that, if she still lived in her home country.

  • Hiya

    We don’t know that this story is true. And it’s none of our business. Why do you put up stories like this for discussion? When Zee grows up, no matter what the truth is (and it’s not our right to know), she’s going to have to live with all these stories that you’ve helped to circulate being whispered –that’s an awful lot for a little girl to handle. Well, I think I’ve been cured of my JJ addiction.

  • :)

    NO Why Angie should let her see Z?she doesn`t have any right now toward me heartless,but while Z is small they shouldn`t take her to see her real mother(If and big if she is for real not another money maker out of lies).and when she becomes older that will be her choice whether she wants to see her or not.

  • piper, with a low

    26 they forgot brad. : 11/20/2007 at 12:03 pm

    They didn’t forget him.

    The press doesn’t know that he adopted her because they don’t have access to the adoption papers, thank goodness.