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Angelina Jolie Uses Maleficent Event to Condemn Nigerian Kidnappings

Angelina Jolie decried the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls at a news conference for her new movie in Paris.

Angelina Jolie decried the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls at a news conference for her new movie in Paris.

Angelina Jolie looked stunning at a news conference for her upcoming movie “Maleficent,” but used the event to call attention to the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls three weeks ago by a radical Islamic group, calling it an “unthinkable cruelty.”

Armed members of Boko Haram, a radical Nigerian Islamic group, swept into the school, overpowered guards and loaded the girls into trucks.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau proclaimed the girls “slaves” and vowed to sell them.

“Western education should end,” he said in a rambling 57-minute video “Girls, you should go and get married.”

Angelina Jolie in Paris (Click Photos to Enlarge!)

He said he would arrange marriages for girls as young as nine years old.

Jolie, 38, reacted viscerally. “The kidnapping of these young Nigerian girls is an unthinkable cruelty,” she told reporters. “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.”

Aside from acting, Jolie is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.

So far, the Nigerian government has offered a $300,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the girls’ rescue.

President Obama has dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan and offered U.S. assistance.

“We have offered, and it’s been accepted—help from our military and our law enforcement officials,” the president told NBC News.

Jolie made the statements yesterday (May 6) at a news conference and photo call at the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris with co-star Elle Fanning.

The movie will be released May 30.

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