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Actress Jolie takes plight of kidnapped Nigerian girls to red carpet

By Katharina Urban-Oberberg

LONDON Thu May 8, 2014 8:34pm EDT

(Reuters) - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, in London to promote her new film "Maleficent," used the red carpet event on Thursday to renew her plea for the safe return of more than 200 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Islamist rebels.

The 38-year-old actress, who serves as a United Nations special envoy for refugees, said it was "heart-warming" to hear reporters' questions and people's concern for the abducted girls at a movie event.

"The important thing though is to understand that this happens because these men think they can get away with this and they can do this," Jolie told reporters.

"We have to start arresting people for this, we have to start bringing them to justice and we have to start making it an absolute crime that puts fear in these men so that they think twice about this kind of action."

People around the world have been showing their support by taking part in protests and joining online campaigns calling for the rescue of the girls taken from a secondary school by extremist group Boko Haram on April 14.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Pakistani schoolgirl and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai are among those backing an online campaign and have posted photos of themselves holding a sign reading "#BringBackOurGirls."

Jolie also said she was increasingly concerned about for people in Ukraine, where pro-Moscow separatists have ignored a public call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule in eastern Ukraine, declaring they would go ahead on Sunday with a vote that could lead to war.

"I can't imagine anybody from that region isn't just terrified that the worst is yet to come," she said.

Jolie, dressed in a long black gown and joined by her fiancé Brad Pitt, led the stars of Walt Disney Co's "Maleficent" at the premiere at London's Kensington Palace. Disney's modern reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale is due out in theaters around the world at the end of the month.

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cpruitt221 May 09 2014 at 2:04 PM

No Angelina, not arrest them, kill them. There are a lot of things worse than death, and these girls and their mothers are living it.These people will continue to use human beings as political pawns even if we manage to get these girls back. There are not enough prisons to hold all of these criminals. They damage these girls souls when they abuse them and even if the girls overcome it, their lives are changed forever. What kind of monsters hurt innocent children? You can say these men were probably abused as children and they are just continuing what they know, but a person cannot use a poor childhood experience as an excuse to abuse someone else. Many people have not had a positive childhood, but realize they cannot use it as an excuse for failure.

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motoco62 May 09 2014 at 1:19 PM

Jolie, go crawl back in your hole with your 15 kids. You know nothing about politics. Just go away and get out of our faces!

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Purple Shell motoco62 May 09 2014 at 1:25 PM

You are the one that knows nothing. Jolie is very well informed on these matters. She volunteers for the United Nations. She speaks the truth. What are you doing to help these girls and the rest of the world?
Sounds like you are doing nothing.

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dan_crabtree Purple Shell May 09 2014 at 1:48 PM

ninty percent of the socialist UN members hate americans....and I for one would laugh loudly if there building should catch fire and burn to the ground...for they have accomplshed zero in there exsistance and founding in 1947..zero..nothing..

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acowgurl motoco62 May 09 2014 at 9:50 PM

motoco62 - speak for yourself. Jolie has been politically active for at least 10 years. She manages her family life, her career, and she's an Ambassador for the UN. She's done more in her short life than most of us will in our entire lives.

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Liza May 09 2014 at 1:15 PM

Well, since it is apparently imbecilic hater day here, I won't hang around.
People who hate rampantly like this, are ruining this country. It isn't all political. It's coming from people that you read on this and other boards, from people with lack of any empathy, which is one of the descriptors of a sociopath.
If you knee-jerk hate actors who help and give half their pay to the poverty-stricken, then this country is in deep trouble and it isn't a "liberal conspiracy" - so save it.

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JIM SCALICI May 09 2014 at 1:15 PM

Nigeria is a horrid place. Their Government is corrupt, their human rights if you call it that are disgusting and frankly the animals that kidnapped these girls are just that....ANIMALS. They couldn't give a rats ass what anyone thinks especially a woman from the USA who actually speaks. As awful and horrid as this is, this issue belongs to Nigeria. Stop aid, food, and whatever else you want but this behavior is accepted there and unless we decide to stick our asses where it is not wanted or required, we just need to watch them do what they do and butt out.

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Purple Shell JIM SCALICI May 09 2014 at 1:28 PM

Please, so not insult the animals of our world. None of them would do what this scum has done.
We cannot just butt out. We are all brothers and sisters. We need to care for one another.

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hpietrzak May 09 2014 at 1:14 PM

I see we have a lot of kidnapper supporters in this comment section. I hope that the girls are rescued and the kidnappers and their staunch supporters get what they truly deserve.

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Carmen May 09 2014 at 1:11 PM

so sad you all want to comment against Angela Jolie instead of focusing the humanity of these girls ... what ever you think of her is not the issue here. Thank God that he sees fit to impress upon her heart to speak out for theses girls because if He was looking for you critic and ignorant bloggers to speak out obviously the job wouldn't get done ... Shame on each one of you may God have mercy on your own children and family members. It could be you next. Think people before tearing people down . God loves Angela and these girls . focus on the lives of these humans and not your own personal hates.
I send out a spirit of love and protection for these girls and anyone else suffering in this way. May they return unharmed and safe with their families.

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Kate May 09 2014 at 1:11 PM

Most people sure do seem to hate Jolie for talking about this, but we're all talking about it, aren't we? She isn't allowed to because-- what, she's a professional actress? She's also a U.N. employee, and has been to many more of these countries than any of us ever will.

She has African daughters-- of course this upsets her.

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mc8177 May 09 2014 at 1:08 PM

So who's going to go in to arrest these people. US military? Not hearing anything from any other government. We have enough military members who have given their lives or are injured and get very little assistance from the DOD or WH. I'd rather see them all US military members come home and let other countries be the rescuers Since everyone jumped all over GWB for Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots will BHO be crucified in the mainstream media if military is sent in as it happened on his watch?

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Judi May 09 2014 at 1:07 PM

Who is supposed to arrest them? They are terrorist! Is she that clueless?

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jvcraftmasters Judi May 09 2014 at 1:30 PM

Arrest them, I say kill them all

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Purple Shell Judi May 09 2014 at 1:31 PM

She is not clueless. She used the word "arrest" because the work "kill" would sound inhumane and yet that is what needs to be done. I do not believe in the death penalty or murder, but how else does one take care of tthese sorts of people?

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acowgurl Purple Shell May 09 2014 at 9:12 PM

thanks, another voice of reason

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CHUCKIE May 09 2014 at 1:04 PM

Muslims have little regard or respect for women. Just part of their culture.

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Purple Shell CHUCKIE May 09 2014 at 1:31 PM

Part of their culture, but not part of the religion of Islam.

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