Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has called the mass kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls “an unthinkable cruelty” and offered her support for a Change.org petition calling for worldwide attention to the abductions.
Jolie was in Paris promoting her most recent film, “Maleficent,” when she voiced her outrage about the kidnappings.
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"Sadly, of course, there is real evil in the world. You watch the news and you see all of the people suffering and so much cruelty," said Jolie, according to People
Jolie is a human rights activist and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
On April 14, members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school in northeast Nigeria, forced more than 200 teen girls
into pickup trucks and hauled them away.
A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the kidnappings and threatened to sell the girls in a video
that was made public on Monday.
The Change.org petition was started by a young Nigerian woman studying in Germany.
The petition calls for international support
of efforts to rescue the girls.
President Obama said Tuesday that U.S. military and law enforcement officials will help with the effort.
“So what we've done is — we have offered, and it's been accepted — help from our military and our law enforcement officials,” Obama told NBC News
. "We're going to do everything we can to provide assistance to them."
Other stars who are supporting the cause include Lily Aldridge, Christie Brinkley, Joan Smalls, and Justin Timberlake, according to Vogue
Twitter users are using the hashtags #bringbackourgirls and #realmendontbuygirls to share information and comments about the kidnappings.
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