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Angelina Jolie speaks of concern for women and girls in Afghanistan

The actress is a special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie has spoken of her concerns for women and girls in Afghanistan (Ian West/PA)

UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie has spoken of her concerns for women and girls in Afghanistan (Ian West/PA)

UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie has spoken of her concerns for women and girls in Afghanistan (Ian West/PA)

Angelina Jolie has expressed concern about the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.

The actress, who is also a special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told a German newspaper on Sunday that she does not think the incoming government can simply turn back the clock so that everything will be as it was 20 years ago.

But she nevertheless has major worries about the situation for women there.

I’m thinking of all the women and girls who don’t know now if they can go back to work or school. And I’m thinking of the young Afghans who are worried that they will lose their freedomAngelina Jolie

Jolie told the weekly Welt am Sonntag: “I’m thinking of all the women and girls who don’t know now if they can go back to work or school. And I’m thinking of the young Afghans who are worried that they will lose their freedom.”

Taliban fighters captured most of Afghanistan last month and celebrated the departure of the last US forces after 20 years of war.

The insurgent group must now govern a war-ravaged country that is heavily reliant on international aid.

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