Jolie has opened about the attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai in a new article written for website TheDailyBeast.com, revealing her eight and six-year-old kids appeared to grasp the horror of the 9 October (12) drama, which put the schoolgirl in hospital with gunshot wounds and life-threatening injuries.
The actress, humanitarian and United Nations refugee ambassador writes: “It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only ‘crime’ was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school.”
Jolie reveals her daughter Zahara suggested the injured Pakistani teen should be honoured with a statue, while little Shiloh, six, asked mum who was looking after Malala’s pets while she was in hospital.
The actress adds, “She (Shiloh) also asked about Malala’s parents and if they were crying. We decided that they were, but not only for their daughter, also for children around the world denied this basic human right.
“Still trying to understand, my children asked, ‘Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?’ I answered, ‘Because an education is a powerful thing.'”
Concluding her TheDailyBeast.com piece, Jolie urges schoolchildren and parents to join her and donate funds to the Women in the World Foundation as a tribute to brave Yousafzai. The charity seeks to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.