Angelina Jolie ‘sickened’ by Boko Haram kidnap

“Sadly, there is of course real evil in the world,” the Hollywood star and U.N. envoy said. (File photo: Reuters)

Angelina Jolie may have taken to the silver screen to play an evil villainess in the new Disney movie Maleficent, but her humanitarian side shone through when she described the recent kidnap of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by extremists as “unthinkable cruelty” in an interview this week.

“I’m absolutely sickened by it. And the thought of them out there right now, terrified and being abused, and sold ... it’s infuriating, and it kind of goes beyond understanding that somebody could do this,” she told French news channel i-Tele.

She also broached the subject at a Maleficent press conference in Paris, saying there is “real evil in the world.

“Sadly, there is of course real evil in the world, and you watch the news and you see all the people suffering, and so much cruelty, and it’s unthinkable cruelty. Like those girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria. Unthinkable cruelty and evil,” the actress said. “I do think that it is something for all of us to really, in a heavy deep way, for all of us to understand why it’s there.”

Extremist Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the gunpoint kidnappings of the schoolgirls in the village of Chibok. According to Agence France-Presse, the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has threatened to “sell [the girls] in the market” into slavery.

Jolie commented on the group’s beliefs and about the need for action on the matter.

“Not only do they believe that girls shouldn’t have an education - which is absolutely wrong, it is appalling, it is of course their right and the most wonderful thing, the most important thing for young girls - but that they’re taken as objects and going to be so violated and if the world does nothing then they get away this, then we set this horrible precedent,” the actress said during i-Tele interview

Muslim leaders in various countries have criticized Boko Haram’s leader for using Islamic teachings as his justification for threatening to sell the girls into slavery. Others have focused on what they view as a slow response by Nigeria’s government to the crisis.

The British and French governments announced Wednesday that they would send teams of experts to complement the U.S. team heading to Nigeria to help with the search for the girls, and Nigeria’s president said China has also offered assistance.
 

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