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Angelina Jolie. Photo: Getty Images.
Angelina Jolie has spoken out about the “unspeakable cruelty” bestowed upon the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram over two weeks ago.
The 34-year old star was in attendance at a press conference in Paris for her new movie ‘Maleficent’, but used the opportunity to touch on the issue.
“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,” she said.
“And it’s unthinkable cruelty like these girls that were kidnapped in Nigeria. Unthinkable cruelty and evil.”
Jolie isn’t the first celebrity to condemn the actions of terrorist organization Boko Haram, which has since killed three of the girls and sold more into slavery. Little is known of the fate of those that remain, but it’s now a race against time to find them.
Malala Yousafzai posted this image to her blog earlier this week.
Malala Yousafzai, the young activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban for standing up for girls’ education, called on the Nigerian government to take the education of girls seriously, warning a whole generation could be lost.
"It's every girls' right to go to school to get [an] education and now it's the duty of the government to protect them.”
"If we forget about these girls it means we are forgetting our own sister, our own people."
Hillary Clinton also tweeted her support for the cause, referring to education in any form as a “basic right”.
"Access to education is a basic right & an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls. We must stand up to terrorism."
To call for attention to the issue and help put pressure on the Nigerian government to protect girls in schools, use the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.