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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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  1. 1
    Anne Says:

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

  2. 2
    mira Says:

    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

  3. 3
    uglyduck Says:

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

  4. 4
    Victoria Says:

    Good done Angelina.

  5. 5
    Karen Says:

    its a fked up world we live in!

  6. 6
    ... Says:

    :’(

  7. 7
    Mara Says:

    Love Angie!!!

  8. 8
    Hi Says:

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

  9. 9
    Sal Says:

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

  10. 10
    busted Says:

    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.

  11. 11
    thelookoflove1365 Says:

    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.

  12. 12
    bdj Says:

    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.”

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    “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.

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    Seaki Ashe Says:

    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/

  14. 14
    bdj Says:

    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.

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    bdj Says:

    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

  16. 16
    angel Says:

    Angelina Jolie is very beautiful

  17. 17
    lurker Says:

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

  18. 18
    thelookoflove1365 Says:

    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.

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    Kirsten Says:

    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.

  20. 20
    Interesting Says:

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

  21. 21
    Sappy Attention Ho Says:

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

  22. 22
    Media Wh@re MANiston Says:

    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

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    amy Says:

    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.

  24. 24
    Fabulous Angelina! Says:

    @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!

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    luvangie4ever Says:

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

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