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Angelina Jolie Blogs About Malala Yousafzai & Her Kids

Angelina Jolie Blogs About Malala Yousafzai & Her Kids

Angelina Jolie has written an essay on how she discussed the tragic shooting of 14-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai with her children.

“I felt compelled to share Malala’s story with my children. It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only “crime” was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school,” Angelina wrote.

“Our 8-year-old [Pax] suggested that the world build a statue for Malala, and fittingly create a reading nook near it. Our 6-year-old [Shiloh] asked the practical question of whether Malala had any pets, and if so, who would take care of them? She also asked about Malala’s parents and if they were crying,” she continued.

Head on over to The Daily Beast to read the full essay Angelina wrote about the issue.

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  • Anne

    Angelina! Stop using other people’s misfortune to promote yourself. There are limits!

  • mira

    parent should also tell their whildren about the kids who died everyday at palesting because of the israilian and also the kids in pakistane because of the american

  • uglyduck

    love her! She’s amazing, she does so much good everywhere she goes..God bless you Angelina!

  • Victoria

    Good done Angelina.

  • Karen

    its a fked up world we live in!

  • :’(

  • Mara

    Love Angie!!!

  • Hi

    Sorry, I just came here to mention nothing. Have a good day!

  • Sal

    I’m glad Angelina spoke to her kids. Poor girl :(

  • busted

    This is what women do to help. They do something. They make a stand. They care. Angie has built schools for young girls and has worked hard to make sure these precious children have the chance to go to school.

    @Anne.. maybe you would have benefited from and Angelina Jolie and Tina Brown to help you become more educated. Sad that a mind is such a terrible thing to waste, and yours well your comment shows your ignorance.

  • thelookoflove1365

    Good job Angie. And to those people critizing Angie for actively speaking out, well if you are a “Malala” I am sure Angie will do the same for you- speak out on your behalf.

  • bdj

    Reposting
    http://www.etonline.com/news/125962_Angelina_to_Kids_Global_Education_is_Under_Threat/index.html

    Angelina to Kids: Global Education is Under Threat

    October 16, 2012

    Angelina Jolie is speaking out against a Taliban attack in Pakistan that critically wounded a 14-year-old girl who had stood up for equal education for girls and says she was compelled to discuss the incident with her own children to help them understand the threat to education in some parts of the world.

    In an opinion piece written for The Daily Beast, Jolie writes about sharing the tragic case of Malala Yousafzai with her children. “It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only ‘crime’ was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school.” Malala is still recovering from serious injuries after being shot in the head and neck in the October 9 attack by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.

    The 37-year-old star said that her eight-year-old suggested that the world build a statue for Malala, while her six-year-old asked the practical question of whether Malala had any pets, and if so, wondered who would take care of them? “She also asked about Malala’s parents and if they were crying. We decided that they were, but not only for their daughter, also for children around the world denied this basic human right.”

    RELATED: Angelina Jolie Accepts Expanded UN Refugee Role

    “Still trying to understand, my children asked, ‘Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?’” Jolie writes. “I answered, ‘because an education is a powerful thing.’”

    As girls across Pakistan stand up to say “I am Malala, they do not stand alone.” Jolie concludes. “Mothers and teachers around the world are telling their children and students about Malala, and encouraging them to be a part of her movement for girls’ education.”

    The actress urges people to join her and Tina Brown by donating to the Women in the World Foundation — which seeks to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

  • https://twitter.com/SeakiAshe Seaki Ashe

    When I first witnessed this issue, it REALLY broke my spirit, How can someone shoot a CHILD!. But She will be fine, as she is loved so much!!! God Bless you Malala Yousufzai, NOW THE WHOLE WORLD LOVES YOU!!!!

    View my fashion expose for the wonderful Mrs Jolie-Pitt, I am excited http://seaki.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/madonna-and-angelina-jolie-pitt-style-titans-future-trends/

  • bdj

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/16/angelina-jolie-we-all-are-malala.html

    Angelina Jolie: We All Are Malala
    by Angelina Jolie Oct 16, 2012 2:18 PM EDT

    I told my kids—and you should too: Girls’ education is under threat in Pakistan, Afghanistan and around the world. It’s time we all took a stand. By Angelina Jolie. Plus: Here’s how you can help.

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    On Wednesday morning, as we readied the kids for school amidst a few of the usual complaints about not wanting to go, I saw a headline on the cover of The New York Times: Taliban Gun Down a Girl Who Spoke Up for Rights. The Taliban claimed that 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai “ignored their warnings, and she left them no choice.” They approached her school bus, asking for her by name, and shot her in the head for promoting girls’ education.
    Angelina Jolie and Malala Yousafzai

    Getty Images; Landov

    After reading the article, I felt compelled to share Malala’s story with my children. It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only “crime” was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school.

    Malala’s story stayed with them throughout the day, and that night they were full of questions. We learned about Malala together, watching her interviews and reading her diaries. Malala was just 11 years old when she began blogging for the BBC. She wrote of life under the Taliban, of trading in her school uniform for colorless plain clothes, of hiding books under her shawl, and eventually having to stop going to school entirely.

    Our 8-year-old suggested that the world build a statue for Malala, and fittingly create a reading nook near it. Our 6-year-old asked the practical question of whether Malala had any pets, and if so, who would take care of them? She also asked about Malala’s parents and if they were crying. We decided that they were, but not only for their daughter, also for children around the world denied this basic human right. Like Malala, her parents are icons of bravery and strength. Malala’s father, also a long time champion for girls’ education, is a school principal, teacher, and poet.
    Click here to join Tina Brown and Angelina Jolie in launching a Women of Impact Award for Girls’ Education, in honor of Malala.

    The following morning, the news showed pictures of children across Pakistan holding up Malala’s picture at vigils and demonstrations, and praying in schools. My son worried that girls were going to be shot for standing up for Malala. I told him that they were aware of the danger, but publicly supporting her reflects how much Malala means to them. Malala’s courage reminded all Pakistanis how important an education is. Her bravery inspired their own.

    Still trying to understand, my children asked, “Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?” I answered, “because an education is a powerful thing.”

    The shots fired on Malala struck the heart of the nation, and as the Taliban refuse to back down, so too do the people of Pakistan. This violent and hateful act seems to have accomplished the opposite of its intent, as Pakistanis rally to embrace Malala’s principles and reject the tyranny of fear. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban said “let this be a lesson.” Yes. Let this be a lesson—that an education is a basic human right, a right that Pakistan’s daughters will not be denied.

    Still trying to understand, my children asked, “Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?” I answered, “because an education is a powerful thing.”

    As girls across Pakistan stand up to say “I am Malala,” they do not stand alone. Mothers and teachers around the world are telling their children and students about Malala, and encouraging them to be a part of her movement for girls’ education. Across Pakistan, a national movement has emerged to rebuild the schools and recommit to educate all children, including girls. This terrible event marks the beginning of a necessary revolution in girls’ education.

    Malala is proof that it only takes the voice of one brave person to inspire countless men, women, and children. In classrooms and at kitchen tables around the world, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are praying for Malala’s swift recovery and committing themselves to carry her torch. As the Nobel Committee meets to determine the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, I imagine brave Malala will be given serious consideration.

    Pakistan’s first Oscar winner, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, discusses the region’s courageous women trailblazers.

  • bdj

    http://www.scottiesplace.org/vulnerable-scholars-program/kenya/

    Offering unparalleled protection and education to academically talented and at-risk girls, Jolie Primary is a bastion of safety and learning in the danger and hopelessness of Kakuma. Located in a remote portion of the camp, it strives to provide a gateway to higher learning for the 250 girls who attend. Surrounded by a chain-link fence and barbed wire, guarded 24 hours per day, it is an island of security and sanctity in which girls (and their teachers) are protected from rape and exploitation, forced marriage, recruitment, trafficking, and other forms of abuse endemic to the camp. It also provides food and shelter beyond the subsistence standards of the camp population. By ensuring that fundamental security needs are met for its residents, Jolie Primary facilitates an unrestricted focus on learning by students. And by offering top quality education, Jolie Primary prepares students for excellence in their future academic and career endeavors

  • angel

    Angelina Jolie is very beautiful

  • lurker

    @Anne:
    fu*k off sick of silly idiots ,so proud to be a fan of angelina jolie

  • thelookoflove1365

    Some of these trolls/haters are beyond help. Seriously! Even when Angie is helping, these parasites got nothing but hate. They are sorry excuse for a human being, devoid of compassion and love for fellow human being. What a pathetic existence for you haters-such losers.

  • Kirsten

    Amazing! I love how she educates her children. It’s so good for kids to be aware. I love Shiloh’s suggestion. So innocent and sweet.

  • Interesting

    you can immediately se (by many likes and kind coments) that angelina is very popular on this justangelina.com site. Just saying…

  • Sappy Attention Ho

    Big Deal. Most children are sensitive and caring, until they grow up watching Violent BrAnge movies and/or read about their sordid pasts.

  • Media Wh@re MANiston

    I was going to respond to the troll Anne then I think why waste my time. This is not the 1st time Angie supports women & girls in Pakistani. She has been there a few times. She also supports the same cause in other countries as well. So proud of her. Amazing woman

  • amy

    Kids have a life time to find out about the horrible things that happen in the world. Telling them at that age is just wrong. Fans of Angelina shouldn’t use there love for her to think that it is ok to mess up a kids childhood.

  • Fabulous Angelina!

    @Sappy Attention Ho:

    No, Angelina actually cares and walk the talk. The Sappy Attention Ho is someone who goes on tv to cry fake tears over a stupid engagement. Take your tripe over to her thread.

    Thank you Angelina for being a good woman and teaching your children to be carers of others and not just themselves!

  • luvangie4ever

    Thank you, Angie. It’s heartening to know that there are parents like you who educate their children about world issues.

  • Slutgelina

    How nice! Angelina is using people to promote herself again. Classy.

  • lurker

    love that angie’s message is spreading on twitter, hope people donate to the education fund,jated what did i write to be on mod yet you let useless trash trolls write their bs

  • lurker

    @Slutgelina:
    ummmm why are trolls so dumb,this woman has a schoos built in these countries to promote girl’s education,she has foriegn policy swag,respected and admired so trolls need to chill out and zip it

  • bdj

    Women In the World ‏@WomenInWorldOrg

    Tina Brown & Angelina Jolie: In honor of #Malala we are launching Women of Impact Award for Girls Education DONATE https://donate.womenintheworld.org/page/contribute/malala-yousafzai

  • lurker

    @bdj:
    thanks bdj for all the articles

  • vickifromtexas

    angelina is raising her children with the same compassion and honesty that she embodies. God bless malala.

  • Jolie is hypocrite

    jolie is hypocrite

  • bdj

    Sharareh Drury ‏@ShararehDrury
    Let this be a lesson – that an education is a basic human right, a right that Pakistan’s daughters will not be denied. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/16/angelina-jolie-we-all-are-malala.html

  • groundcontrol

    This is so important a message. Here’s hoping it inspires other parents to sit down with their children and share this lesson.
    .
    Kudos to Angelina for speaking out on behalf of Melala. If the powers that be listen to an atheist I send up a little prayer for her recovery and continued courage in the face of ignorance and evil.

  • toria

    @amy:

    I’m sorry Amy but what an ignorant comment. My granddaughters go to school in the same district that Jessica Ridgeway went to…you know the little girl who was abducted by a stranger and dismembered the other day in Colorado? Should we ignore it? Especially since the authorities think she was lured into the car with a promise of candy or a puppy? So should we keep the kids in ignorance when a predator is out there?

    And it is view points like yours that negate the value of education. Here was a child willing to die for the right to go to school yet so many American children don’t understand what an education is nor what it can do for them. They complain about everything. Someone once asked Oprah why decided to open a school in SA instead of here. She said when they did the initial studies most American kids when asked what they wanted, what they valued, what their goals were–it was things like to own the latest air nike, get an ipod etc. Whereas overseas the answer was an education.

    Children here in the United States should know at any age that there are kids willing to die for what they take for granted.

    So Angie was totally right to discuss this with her kids. And you are wrong to think a child shouldn’t know about this. Your kids probably pick up more violence playing video games, watching television and discussing things with their friends then the JP kids picked up from Angelina’s conversation.

  • teri

    Thank God someone is speaking out loudly about this horrible crime. We need more like Angelina, she’s very dedicated to helping women and children who are being abused and does care. She’s going to leave a better world for her children regardless if she does it alone.

  • nani

    Angelina is an amazing woman. Beuatiful, sexy, smart and compassionte. Love her.

  • OlympusMons
  • tsquared

    @Slutgelina:

    Gee JA has been using BP to promote herself for the last 7 years.

    Don’t be an idiot. AJ is very committed to childrens rights and refugees. Why should she not have the right to write a column for a blog? Other actors write columns, books and go on talk shows to promote themselves and their pictures. AJ is very low key and you rarely see her out shopping, partying etc. You don’t see her kids being hounded by the paps. You don’t see BP or AJ using their kids for photo ops.

    So think what you like–a mind is a terrible thing to waste and you obviously don’t have an original thought in yours.

  • Angelina Jolie

    Anorexic Idol

  • Mrs Norris

    She is bringing attention to girls’ right to an education. A cause that is apparently lost to females like you, Slutgelina @ 10/16/2012 at 6:12 pm.
    How is she promoting herself? Did she ask you to drink her bottled water and use her hair products? Did she flash her nips and fling her hair all over the place? The only thing I see her promoting here is the power of education and equality for all. You just see what you want to see. And I would be embarassed to have your worldview.

  • bdj

    ShahSalmanK · Shah Salman
    Wonderful piece on Malala from a mother. Hats off to #AngelinaJolie

  • Tamsin is a who*re

    This is a woman of substance, who is educating her kids about the world as well as teaching them about ways in which they can help. Angelina never fails to impress me. So proud to be her fan.

  • lurker

    @OlympusMons:
    thanks love this one more,brad’s voice is just sexy

  • groundcontrol

    @lurker:
    .
    ummmm why are trolls so dumb
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    #################################
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    They’re not dumb. They’re just dysfunctional people vicious at any cost.
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    For that beyotches’ penance she needs to get her unforgivable azz over to this link and make a donation. She doesn’t even have to admit to us she did – just do it.
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    https://donate.womenintheworld.org/page/contribute/malala-yousafzai
    .

  • Lottie

    I love that she speaks out and I love that she explains these things to her children. They’re going to grow up to be wonderful people.

  • More

    WOMAN OF IMPACT EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR GIRLS’ EDUCATION FUND
    In honor of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year old Pakistani girl who was tragically shot by the Taliban for exercising her fundamental right to an education, the Women in the World Foundation is launching a Woman of Impact Award for Girls’ Education to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We are making an emergency appeal to our Women in the World Community to join Tina Brown and Angelina Jolie in this campaign. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go towards girls’ education on the ground in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ms. Jolie’s Education Partnership for Children of Conflict will contribute the first $50,000 to this effort.
    https://donate.womenintheworld.org/page/contribute/malala-yousafzai

  • bdj

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/2012/10/16/angelina-jolie-speaks-out-for-wounded-pakistani-girl-shot-by-taliban/1637249/

    6:38PM EDT October 16. 2012 – Recovering in a British hospital, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban last week for her outspokenness is probably not aware of it, but Angelina Jolie is speaking out in her defense, even suggesting her for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Jolie took to The Daily Beast today to describe how the story of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was nearly assassinated last week by a Taliban hitman while she was riding her school bus, shocked the movie-star mom into sharing the story with her six kids as a lesson in the power of an education.

    Her children were as baffled as the rest of the world, including most in Pakistan, about why adult men would attack a girl who spoke out in favor of education for girls.

    “It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only ‘crime’ was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school,” Jolie wrote in her essay, under the headline “We are all Malala.”
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    Jolie said she told her children that some men are frightened by girls like Malala because “education is a powerful thing.”

    Malala was shot in the head. After surgery in Pakistan and a period of stabilization, she was airlifted to the UK this week and was said to be responding well to treatment in a hospital in Birmingham. Because she is so young, her brain may recover more fully from the injury than if she had been an adult.

    In the meantime, Jolie wrote, her story is inspiring millions around the world.

    “As girls across Pakistan stand up to say ‘I am Malala,’ they do not stand alone,” she wrote. “Across Pakistan, a national movement has emerged to rebuild the schools and recommit to educate all children, including girls. This terrible event marks the beginning of a necessary revolution in girls’ education.”

    And as the Nobel committee meets to discuss the annual award of the Peace Prize, she wrote, “I imagine brave Malala will be given serious consideration.”

  • Passing Through

    I’m too tired to write a new comment pointing out how much Brad appreciates Angie after 6 1/2 years of a narcissistic fameho so I’m just copying my post from the last thread. Brad realizes what a narrow escape his potential children had…
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    http://www.etonline.com/news/125962_Angelina_to_Kids_Global_Education_is_Under_Threat/index.html

    Angelina to Kids: Global Education is Under Threat .
    ++++++++++++++++++++
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    - Ticky: 10 straight days of shameless self-promotion just because Brad has a worldwide Chanel ad campaign culminating in getting on her BFF’s talk show and breaking out the Crocodile tears over breaking up another woman’s relationship, stealing her man, forcing him to propose or lose his cushy new life and frontin’ like she didn’t buy that damned ring herself.
    .
    Children with Brad Pitt: 0…and her gyno is still finding stray bits of latex during her annual pap smears…
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    - Angelina Jolie: Advocating for educution for girls & women all around the world and teach her children why it’s important to do the same and to understand that not everyone has the chances in life that they have and will have.
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    Children with Brad Pitt: 6
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    This, folks, is why Brad Pitt said (and I paraphrase), “The most important thing I’ve ever done is to make sure my children have a great mother.

  • carry

    @Anne: how dumb are you?! If it wasn’t for Angie story you and I and many others wouldn’t know about it.
    Btw it is a wonderful story. Proud of you Angie. and what the kids said is like senseable depending of their age.

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