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Angelina Jolie on child slavery

Sunday, March 07, 2021

February 18, 2021.  Angelina Jolie writes about meeting a Congolese girl.   She writes that:

"In a 1996 report the former Mozambiquan freedom fighter and First Lady of South Africa, Graça Machel, denounced the existence of a “desolate moral vacuum…devoid of basic human values” in which children were being killed, maimed, conscripted and starved as a result of conflict. Her account transformed the way the UN regarded the impact of war on children.

"Yet a quarter of a century later, notwithstanding several landmark convictions for grave violations, children are still being brutally victimized in modern conflicts. They are still abducted and kept as sex slaves, and still conscripted and forced to take part in atrocities. The number of children who have been forcibly displaced from their homes now stands at over 30 million—an unprecedented figure. The moral vacuum is still around us."

Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award–winning actor and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.  You can read what she wrote in Time magazine here.

Angelina Jolie as Special Envoy of the UN Commissioner for Refugees.  
Photo Vasilis Ververidis