January 14, 2015
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has condemned the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram for its insurgency in northeastern Nigeria and called on the international community to bring them to justice.
Beside her roles on the silver screen, Jolie acts as a special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
“Each new crime committed by Boko Haram exceeds the last in brutality. This is a direct consequence of the environment of total impunity in which Boko Haram operates,” she said in a statement.
“Every time they get away with mass murder, rape and the enslavement of women and children, they are emboldened.”
She called on her home nation of the United States and the rest of the international community to offer Nigeria assistance to “collect evidence and bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice”.
Her interest in humanitarian work allegedly stemmed from her time filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia. She is famous for her roles in films such as Gone in 60 Seconds, Wanted and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
The Islamic militant group reportedly killed over 2,000 in a massacre in the town of Baga last week, sparking international condemnation, while three female suicide bombers killed 23 people in separate incidents in the town of Potiskum and city of Maiduguri.
“It is still not safe to go and pick them up for burial,” said Musa Bukar, the local government chairman in which Baga is situated.
Bodies are unable to be retrieved and emergency services cannot reach survivors as the town is still controlled by the terror group.
“Baga is not accessible because it is still occupied by Boko Haram,” said Sen. Maina Ma’aji Lawan of Borno state.
Source: Jack Moore, International Business Times>