Jolies adopted daughter conceived during rape

November 21st, 2007 - 1:50 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 21 (ANI): The Ethiopian baby adopted by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie was conceived when her mother was raped, the woman revealed this week.

Mentwabe Dawit, mother of 2-year-old Zahara, tearfully described how she had been attacked and raped at knifepoint in 2004 after walking home from work in the southern Ethiopian town of Awasa.

“He pulled a dagger, put one hand on my mouth, so that I could not scream. He then raped me and disappeared,” the Daily Mail quoted Mentwabe, as saying.

The 24-year-old said that she kept her pregnancy and rape a secret, until she could no longer hide it.

“I feared the consequences of being raped in a community where rape is considered a taboo, even if what happened happened forcibly,” she said.

As her belly swelled, Mentwabe could no longer hide her pregnancy and confided in her mother.

“It was not as I feared. I found my mother understanding and consoling. She urged me not to do anything rash, which might endanger my life.”

Mentwabe gave birth to the child in her familys home, naming her Yemsrach, which means good news in the Amharic language.

As she became unable to feed the child, Yemsrach became malnourished and was even unable to cry.

I was desperate and decided to run away, rather than see my child dying, she said.

Dawits mother then decided to put the child up for adoption.

She also slammed recent reports claiming she wanted her birth daughter, whom Jolie, adopted in 2005.

“I have never disputed the adoption of my baby by Angelina Jolie. I think my daughter is a very fortunate human being to be adopted by a world famous lady. I wish them both all the success they deserve,” she said. (ANI)

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