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"Will Angie Lose Zahara?
The birth family of Angelina Jolie’s daughter wants her to bring Zahara home to Ethiopia
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Will Angie Lose Zahara?

The birth family of Angelina Jolie’s daughter wants her to bring Zahara home to Ethiopia

Angelina Jolie shares a special bond with her daughter Zahara, whom she adopted more than two years ago from Ethiopia. Malnourished and suffering from rickets, Zahara was days away from death when Angelina found her, bonded with her and nursed her back to health. Today, she cherishes time alone with her happy toddler, 2, and “chooses special stories” to read to her when they’re together, a pal says. But now a dark cloud of unhappiness hangs over their relationship. And Angelina’s worst nightmare may come true.

On June 20, 2006, Angelina proudly told CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the daughter she named Zahara. “She’s from Ethiopia. She’s an AIDS orphan,” Angelina said. But Zahara’s adoption papers, which an In Touch representative was shown on November 12, clearly states that Zahara has a grandmother and extended family alive in Africa— and the grandmother introduced In Touch to her daughter, who claims to be Zahara’s mother.

In 2005, the U.K.’s Sun also talked to the woman, who claimed to be Zahara’s birth mother. In the town of Awassa, 140 miles south of the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, In Touch spoke with that woman again. She’s very much alive, she doesn’t have AIDS — and she’d love to be with the child who was taken away. “I want my daughter to come home to see where she is from,” the woman who says she’s Zahara’s mother, Mentewab Dawit Lebiso, 24, tells In Touch. “Her grandmother and I both tried very hard to raise her, and I want her to come home to regain her identity.”

Was Angelina lied to?

While her birth family may not be able to afford to challenge Zahara’s adoption, they do claim they were misled. They say a local official, who took Zahara to the adoption agency, told the family they would get to see the baby again and maintain contact with her. Most people hoping to adopt who are working with the U.S.- based agency Wide Horizons for Children (which Angelina used to adopt Zahara) visit the child’s village and surviving family members. But Angelina, 32, could not do so when she adopted Zahara more than two years ago. “There were a lot of journalists following her,” the agency’s Ethiopian head, Dr. Tsegaye Berhe, tells In Touch. “She was not able to travel as much as she would have liked or as we would have liked her to do.”

Still, after speaking to the agency, family members hoped Angelina and her partner, Brad Pitt, 43, would bring Zahara back for a visit. But that has not happened. “After they took the baby, they didn’t keep in contact. They didn’t tell us anything about her,” Zahara’s aunt, Zinash Haile Yenero, 20, tells In Touch. “My mother was very sad. At one point she was even thinking of trying to find a way to bring her grandchild back, but she has no money, so she can’t.”

Angelina, an insider says, has heard the published tales of Zahara’s African family, but feels on a deeper level that Zahara is part of her family. “She believes that Zahara is an orphan and the woman who claims to be her mom is mistaken,” says a friend. Government papers said Zahara was an AIDS orphan, says the pal, and “Angie had no reason to believe otherwise. Zahara was days away from death and Angelina saved that child. As far as she is concerned, that bonded her to that little girl forever.”

Because of her own stormy relationship with her father, Jon Voight, Angelina has strong feelings about parenthood. “She feels that while a person may have a biological parent who is still alive, that parent has to earn the right to be with their child,” the pal explains.

Zahara’s real story

Dr. Tsegaye says that Angelina has no obligation to keep in touch with Zahara’s blood family. “It’s up to the adoptive parents,” he says. “We cannot force them.” But Zahara’s grandmother, Almaz Elfneh, 45, insists that the circumstances behind their decision to put the baby in an orphanage must be told to Zahara and to her adoptive parents. “I miss my grandchild a lot,” she adds. According to Mentewab, Zahara was conceived when she was raped by a stranger who broke into her home. After the baby — whom she named Yemasrech, which means Good News — was born on January 7, 2005, she moved in with her mother and got a job as a laborer. But Mentewab became overwhelmed. “I thought the baby was going to die because there was no food, so I ran away,” she confesses.

Unable to care for her alone, Almaz says she brought the child to a local authority, explaining that her daughter had run away. Another man, who worked on behalf of WHFC, but was not an official employee, took the baby away and told the agency that her mother had died. “What he has done is equal to murder,” charges Mentewab. “He took my daughter away and he just disappeared with her. He said I was dead, but I heard from my mother that she never said that.” But Dr. Tsegaye disputes this account.

Despite their sad story, Angelina feels that she must put Zahara’s needs first, says an insider. “She believes that you protect your child and put them first,” says the pal. Another friend says that Angie thinks contact with Zahara’s birth family at such a young age would be too confusing. Others disagree. Adoption specialist Jerri Jenista says, “Most parents want their children to have some contact with where they came from.”

The choice, however, remains Angie’s until Zahara has grown and can choose for herself. Much as they’d love to see her, Mentewab and her family know they cannot force Angelina to bring Zahara home. They realize they could never give the child the happy, privileged life she shares with her new parents. Maybe one day, Zahara will enjoy the best of both worlds.

Angelina thought she had no mother

Angelina, who proudly introduced Zahara to her co-stars on the set of The Good Shepherd in August 2005, believes Zahara’s mother died.

They will adopt again

Despite the heartache involved with international adoptions, Angelina and Brad plan to have more children together, say friends, with at least one through adoption.

Could her birth mother get Zahara back?

Mentewab never signed the papers giving up her daughter, which could give her a case for getting Zahara back — if she had the money to pursue it. “If some family member comes in and leaves the child at an orphanage and signs her over, and then the mother wants her back, you can make the argument that the person didn’t truly understand that their child is gone forever,” says adoption specialist Jerri Jenista.

Mentewab struggled to feed her family. “Sometimes all I had was a piece of bread all day,” she tells In Touch.

Zahara’s mother Mentewab sells onions at the market. Her grandmother Almaz says they couldn’t afford to keep Zahara

“I would tell other families not to give up their children,” says Zahara’s aunt Frehiwot, 18, with another aunt, Zinash Haile Yenero. “I would tell them what happened to us.”

Two neighbors, including Asegadech Asefaw, concurred that Mentewab had run away — not died.

Another neighbor, Bekelech Haile, accompanied Almaz to the government offices.

But the agency says Angelina adopted legally

Wide Horizons for Children claims it told Angelina that Zahara’s mother was dead because the documents that her real grandmother, Almaz Elfneh, and three witnesses signed said so. “We have to trust the documents we received from the local government,” says Dr. Tsegaye Berhe, who tells In Touch that Almaz is indeed the baby’s grandmother. “She’s signed a document saying, ‘My daughter had died and she left the child behind.’”

Madonna’s son also isn’t an orphan

Madonna has had trouble with a foreign adoption, too. Yohane Banda (right), the father of her son David, protested that he didn’t know he was giving up his son forever. Angelina also appeared critical of Madonna for taking a child from Malawi. “It’s a country where there is no real legal framework for adoption,” she told a French magazine. “Personally, I prefer to stay on the right side of the law.” But later, Angelina insisted she favored Madonna’s adoption. “I said many positive things that were omitted,” she said. “I encourage everyone to be supportive so that every child can adjust nicely to their new home.”

Should celebrities help children stay with their families?

The plight of Africans affected by AIDS and living in poverty has led other stars to lend financial support to communities without removing children from their homes and villages. For instance, in 2005, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project was created by the Oscar-winning actress to fund mobile health clinics to serve the poorest and most rural areas of South Africa. Save the Children’s Tonya Nyagiro tells In Touch, “It’s more acceptable for most of these kids to remain in their villages among family and friends who do their best to care for and support them.”

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516 comments to “Headline Of The Week Weak”

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  1. LOVE says – reply to this


    101

    I already heard of that news last year; in touch recycle the same old news.

  2. stephanie says – reply to this


    102

    ok.. why can't you realize that she's going to have more than you could give her, and that she is healthy…. i'm sure that they'd keep in contact and send pictures and reports of her .. then when she gets old enough she can decide for herself if she wants to go back and meet her biological family..ho abandoned her and couldn't care for her in the first place, who probably still can't fully take care of her.

  3. Jose says – reply to this


    103

    Okay, this is pretty much a no-brainer. If Angelina had not adopted Zahara, she'd be dead.

    Saving Zahara's life from certain death and/or a life of misery (not to mention repeated rape), makes Angelina the mom.

    There is a bond stronger than that of blood. Angelina & Zahara now have that.

    They're lucky to have found each other.

    Nuff said.

  4. O'Really? says – reply to this


    104

    It wouldn't surprise me if Angie knew that Zahara's mother was alive and well and the whole "aids death of the birth" mother was spun by Angie and Brad's "crisis manager" they hired in the heat of the Jennifer Aniston backlash!

  5. Whatever! says – reply to this


    105

    The same old Madonna-ish shit coming back to haunt Angelina now. She took a malnourished, in ill healthy, one step away from death child, and gave her good, clothing, medical attention, and life, and now this broke bitch wants her back. Bitch please. You can have her back when you reimburse Angelina for all the abovementioned. Sound fair?

  6. Sad for girl says – reply to this


    106

    It's sad. The family could not and cannot care for her. They say so. There is no question Zahara is better off. But, if the family is honestly just looking to see the girl, and not looking for hand outs…than maybe in a few years when Zahara is ready she can meet with them. It should be a private affair — not decided by a nation. Especially not by people who have not traveled to these other countries and understood the dire situations that are faced there daily.

  7. paule says – reply to this


    107

    that's Vanessa Minnilo, NOT Vanessa Hudgens, people. The former is Nick Lachey's current girlfriend and the latter is the Disney HSM/bushy bush girl… get it right people!

  8. Lala says – reply to this


    108

    That woman does look like Zahara. If Z wasn't adopted by celebrities, would these people really care about her? Get over it, I am sure she has 5 other kids.

  9. retired says – reply to this


    109

    Reply to #15 - Willie D. I'm not black but I find your comments to be rude and insulting to black women.

    For Angie and Brad: It was a legal adoption and the mother ran away from the child when in was in a serious medical situation and the grandmother gave the child up. You don't need to maintain a contact between the child and these two women. We don't even know if their story is true.

  10. You got that right! says – reply to this


    110

    Re: not again – Not to mention the dumbfuck racists.

  11. White and Proud says – reply to this


    111

    why in the heck would Zahara want to live in Africa, when she can live in a penthouse? It's ridiculous, and I bet these Ethiopians just want money.

    They would sell their own children for 5 dollars.

  12. HumanitarianTheft says – reply to this


    112

    Removing children from their birth culture is a terrible idea. It is better to give money or aid to the family of origin to help them nourish and keep their children rather than arrogantly assume that globe trotting them around in private jets is better. Adoptees of the same race and culture have identity issues and a profound inner sense of loss. This child could have been supported by Angie's money if Angie is such a humanitarian. Not changing the system is selfish. And that woman looks EXACTLY like Zahara. Supporting children where they ARE is better than removing them.

  13. Elana G says – reply to this


    113

    Let's take up a collection to fund Z's mother's legal defense.

  14. Oh My God!! says – reply to this


    114

    O K magazine is the biggest fuckin rag of lies on earth!!! Don't believe this shit because Z's mother died soon after she was born.

  15. anouk says – reply to this


    115

    It must be the worst nightmare of anyone that adopts. I hope she wont have to give her back. It would be as to rip the heart of of Angie's chest.

  16. chloe says – reply to this


    116

    OMG…what BS…Zee Zee belongs wth Angie & Brad & her siblings. 2 yrs later…GIVE ME A BREAK.
    this is smells blackmail.

  17. Court says – reply to this


    117

    Thats amazing that after this baby was adopted by a rich actress, that everyone in the whole village now claims they want the child. Oh please, if she was adopted bu someone that was not in the limelight they would have forgotten about her already. Z is a blessed child- let her grow up with the privileges she never would of had if raised there. They will never get her back even if they tried. Ang did everything legal. And besides that baby calls her mommy now…

  18. Out of Africa says – reply to this


    118

    Imagine being so poor and having so few resources that you have to give up your own child to another woman who has had the opportunity of being born somewhere else and has money and can provide for her. Does she want her back, or does she simply want to see her? How very, very sad for the birth mother, but lucky for Zahara.

  19. Yikes says – reply to this


    119

    Re: EmmaPEREZ, PLEASE DELETE THAT PSYCHO'S COMMENT!

  20. Big Al says – reply to this


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    angelina's my girl and all but shes wrong saying that it would be confusing for her to know her real family at such a young age….i'm sure the life she provides for her would be a dream come true for any child (let alone, one from ethiopia) but, was she really on her death bed???? it seemed fishy from the start….she needs to do right by the children she has adopted and integrate them into their home countries so they can know where they come from (didn't she buy a house for the one in cambodia…has he ever been????)….perez, ur still a lardo!!!!!! if i know nothin else, i know that!!!!!

  21. YOU SUCK A**hole says – reply to this


    121

    WHY go there with the racism? You are so effin ignorant. Perez, you really need to moderate your comments section better. Re: Z.

  22. YOU SUCK A**hole says – reply to this


    122

    WHY go there with the racism? You are so effin ignorant. Perez, you really need to moderate your comments section better. Re: Z.

  23. Yikes says – reply to this


    123

    Re: DerekPEREZ, PLEASE DELETE THAT PSYCHO'S COMMENT!

  24. Lenna says – reply to this


    124

    The kid is darn fugly, so if i were angelina i'd make another cute baby (old fashioned style) with my super hot husband and voila, another Shiloh, so that way I can send back the ugly one, LMFAO.

  25. Taylor says – reply to this


    125

    You can't let somebody adopt her and then say you want her back. It isn't like a toy that you give to someone and ask for it back a few day later. It's a kid who calls Angelina her mom, it would be too hard for Zahara to understand what the hell was going on.

  26. MaraWi says – reply to this


    126

    Those African ladies are trippin'. The soposed mother admitting that she thought the child was going to die, so she ran away? and now she wants the kid back? What the hell? Judging from the conditions in the photograph, it doesn't look like those women would be able to take very good care of Zahara now, either. I hope that Brad and Angelina get to keep her. They raised her! They're done everything for her.

    PS- What kind of mother gives her kid a name that means "Good News" when it was conceived as the result of a rape??

  27. PPK says – reply to this


    127

    Wasn't Z from Namibia? Isn't that where Angie fell in love with Africa while adopting Z, and went back there for Shiloh's birth, blah blah blah?

    I'm confused.

  28. debleaf says – reply to this


    128

    KID STEALERSSSSS Give the poor baby back to her momma

  29. MaraWill says – reply to this


    129

    Re: HumanitarianTheft

    all black people look the same

  30. amy says – reply to this


    130

    re: #15 Willie D..
    What an idiotic comment! No wonder there is racial tension in this world with people like yourself posting such stupid comments. Luckily, the world has lots of good people to offset people like you.

  31. MaraWi says – reply to this


    131

    Derek loves to lick shitting assholes I think

  32. Christine says – reply to this


    132

    Any mother who truely loves a child would not want to traumatize him/her by ripping the child away from parents known from birth. The child is healthy and I'm sure happy. Why create emotional problems for her.

  33. Cassidy says – reply to this


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    Here's the thing. One must consider the well being of the child. If the birth mother has problems feeding herself with a mere one piece of bread, how on earth does she plan on taking care of a growing child? Did she all of a sudden come into some money? C'mon.

    And what's to say she won't be wishy-washy again and decide to abandon the child once more. You don't run away from your responsibilities and then when the mood strikes determine you are OWED something.

    I say the child is in a place where she can be supported as a human to grow and develop.

  34. ruffmama says – reply to this


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    those two women are pigs. look at the conditions that they are standing in. If they loved Zahara they wouldn't want to bring her back to that obvious poverty and filth and misery. They want her to know where she comes from? Are you kidding me? It looks like she comes from a filthy slum! They should be relieved to know that their little girl has a marvelous chance at a long, healthy, and prosperous life and shut their damn mouths. What mother would want her child to grow up in that horrible nasty place. The mother even says she got raped in her own home. Is that the fate she wants for Zahara? Someone probably is putting them up to this to try and get some $$$$$ out of Brangelina. Disgusting! And I can't STAND Brangelina and even I think this is an abomination!

  35. fko says – reply to this


    135

    How is it possible that a well-educated, internationally known star would end up with an "orphan" who is not really one at all. The same goes for Madonna. Do they pick their adoptive children by looks alone, or why can't they settle for one of the millions that REALLY need parents, and are left with NO ONE!

  36. debra19 says – reply to this


    136

    But Zahara’s adoption papers, which an In Touch representative was shown on November 12, clearly states that Zahara has a grandmother and extended family alive in Africa— and the grandmother introduced In Touch to her daughter, who claims to be Zahara’s mother.

    So we're supposed to believe that an InTouch rep was allowed to see and read ADOPTION PAPERS which are legal documents and contain all kinds of confidential information. And they PAY and pull this woman out every couple of years. Everybody is getting PAID and they wil say anything. This tabloid trash is just trying to sell it's trash …. Look at the picture on the cover … IT"S all ANGIE… why isn't the ”mom” the larger picture? These”trash magazines are a pack of lies… stopping so low to go after Brad and Angie's kids!!! this sucks big time

  37. Grow A Brain says – reply to this


    137

    #63- Cathy

    Paternity refers to the father dipshit. Maternity tests or DNA tests would prove if she is the biological mother. Why don't you get a basic education before trying to comment.

  38. Shireen says – reply to this


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    what kind of selfish mother would want to rip her daughter away from the hands of a woman who has and will give her more than any child could ever even dream of, to put her back into a poor, famine/disease infested home. This woman wants money, plain and simple. This is so sad. It's been too long, I think Zahara would be traumatized.
    Plus can you imagine growing up poor and seeing on TV the kind of life you could've had if your mother hadn't been selfish and taken you away? This is a total recipe for disaster.

  39. Nebula says – reply to this


    139

    yes, that is obviously Zahara's mother on the left. I smell a rat here. A very smelly, rotten rat with empty pockets. I hardly think her bio mother can support her by selling onions. It's sad, but what's done is done. I would say when Zahara is 18 she would be more than welcome to go back to Ethiopia to met her biological family.

  40. Nick Lachey says – reply to this


    140

    Re: paule – Have you seen Vanessa MINILLO's Hoo-ha??? It's a FURBURGER

  41. WTF?? says – reply to this


    141

    Re: Cathy – PATERNITY is "who's my baby daddy" dim wit

  42. Canadian says – reply to this


    142

    Wow look at the mature racist comments! Maybe you should learn the real history of AMERICA you dumb fucks! I bet all of you who said racist comments are IMMIGRANTS yourself! Unless your NATIVE American, don't talk about people being immigrants! If you white immigrants didn't come to this land and turn it into a greedy capitalist society we might actually have a future on this earth! But now were all slowly dying and so is our EARTH….
    Some people are just so ignorant and uneducated it makes me sick

  43. kate says – reply to this


    143

    wow, their child has the chance to be fucking rich as hell live an amazing life of insane privilage get anything she wants and these poor fucking idiots want her back? Are you kidding me? god thats selfish, dont give your child up for adoption then try and steal her back. i think they just want angie to pay them off to let her keep her child. selfish fucks.

  44. elizabeth says – reply to this


    144

    Re: Willie D. – you are an ignorant trailer park moron, who is probably supported by government aide, yourself. what a stupid thing to say.

  45. Scary Comments says – reply to this


    145

    Re: Derek – -Does anyone else find this comment disturbing? Perez, if you know who this "derek" is, it's def worth submitting this comment to the authorities. What's up with people talking about knifing each other? Messed up.

  46. xoxo says – reply to this


    146

    That really turns people off and make you not want to adopt.

  47. Marty says – reply to this


    147

    i always thought she bought babies for $$$, it's always best for the child to be with the biological parents, the rich should not be entitled to the poors children

  48. dnkew says – reply to this


    148

    fuckin ethiopians cant have your baby back! tough shit!!

  49. big fally says – reply to this


    149

    Why the fuck should angelina give zahara up? So she can go back to eating a piece of bread everyday and eventually die? Doesn't matter how much the mother loves the child that so stupid.

  50. kari says – reply to this


    150

    This sounds like a money scam to me. If they gave the child up for adoption, Angelina has no obligation to bring her back for visits. And her mother ran away, which to me is abondonment, which seems to waive her rights to her kid.
    Either these people want money or they want fame (and got it).

  51. A says – reply to this


    151

    There's no way that she will lose her daughter. In the words of Jay-Z, "We can talk, but money talks, so talk over us." That's just how it is.

  52. D says – reply to this


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    She needs to do what is right and give the child back to her mother, and quit buying babies that are really NOT orphans. That crazy baby collector, I think Brad should take Shiloh away from her too.

  53. stacy says – reply to this


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    WTF ? they should have kept her if they wanted her !!! now they see $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  54. aosdhjakshda says – reply to this


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    I heard that even in Cambodia, the people aren't that fond of Angie. The Cambodian government loves her, but the citizens there aren't happy with her because of some things that went on in the adoption process for Maddox. And I think some of his family members are alive, too? Anyway, this is what I heard from someone who went to work as a missionary in Cambodia. It may not be Angelina Jolie's fault, but I'm guessing the governments of third-world countries… ahh. Who knows.

  55. Libby says – reply to this


    155

    Adopt kids in the US. There are so many who need homes right here.

  56. Me thats who says – reply to this


    156

    Re: Z. – You will be one for real if I ever meet you, ya dig!

  57. Keepin Real says – reply to this


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    Re: fjiodfjo
    I agree with that

  58. Lynne says – reply to this


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    I am on the side of the adopted parents. It is BS for any parent to give up their rights to a child and then change their minds several years later. That is just cruel to the adopted family and the child. In Angelina and Madonna's situations, it sounds like the families are only coming forward b/c they want MONEY!!!! GREED!!!!! Duh!! The birth parents never wanted those kids to begin w/!

  59. Shan says – reply to this


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    Bullshit family comes before fame, what fucking idiot would take that child away from Angelina and take her back to a life with her family, who admitted that they sometimes only get one piece of bread a day.
    If that child goes back with her family she will die.
    She should stay with her parents now, when she is older she has the ability to go back to her biological family and help them out in more ways they could ever imagine, but she has to make that choice when she is older.
    This will all goto shit because do gooders will get involved and not mind their own business.

  60. lala says – reply to this


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    She has to give it back b/c it's not her baby, she is not an orphan, she has family, a grandma and a mom, the mom never signed her over. The baby was practically stolen.
    God I hope ya'll arent poor, cuz angelina will steal your kids too.

  61. Ebony says – reply to this


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    Hey Perez. You forgot to mention A-Jo's wardrobe disaster at Beowulf. Her leather pants split. They were too tight. Brad cupped her buns to hide the rip. LOL
    We know what that is. Karma. For stealing someone else's husband. The fun's only just beginning honey. In the end God always makes sure people eventually get what they deserve…just like the pervs at O's school.

  62. lala says – reply to this


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    Re: Shan
    Just b/c they are poor and have their own customs and ways, doesn't mean the baby is not theirs. I know plenty of poor families that struggle to put food on the table, and still manage to bring up their kids. In other words just because she is a celebrity doesn't mean she gets to steal other peoples children.

  63. RAE says – reply to this


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    If angelina was misled from the begining then that is sad and i understand the bond she has from raising the child thus far but her mother is saying she never gave her up and she never signed papers!!! Angelina needs to look into it more and stop being selfish. the kid is black and needs to know her culture!!! Angelina cannot teach the child all the things about her background that her family can. She needs to put that child that she loves so much first and see what is best for her weather it is giving her back or letting the family have some kind of relationship with the child other wise the child is going to resent her for it in the future…case in point angelina and her dad's relationship.

  64. Got A Child For Sale? says – reply to this


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    What a whore. She's always just gotta take what belongs to someone else. I don't believe for a second she didn't know that child's mother was still alive. The more strings attached to something, the more she wants it. Don't worry Zahara. As soon as your adopto-mommy can no longer convince your fake-daddy to stick around a while longer, she'll gladly hand your useless little butt back to your REAL family.

  65. Alibaba says – reply to this


    165

    'mum' and zahara look a lot alike.

  66. COCO says – reply to this


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    Maybe there is a black market and they are selling babies…to the rich and famous! Would anybody doubt that? I personally do not believe anything that Angelina Jolie said or do. I find ironic that most people who adopt from Wide Horizons visit the child's village and surviving family members. But Angelina, could not do so when she adopted Zahara more than two years ago and now her lawyer said "she was not able to travel as much as she would have liked"…Really? Angelina did not had time to travel? Said that again? ….Look, Angelina accused Madonna of illegally adopt a baby, maybe she did that herself. That we will enver know.

    One thing it;s for sure, Zahara will never be back to her biological mother, she will never meet her biological grandmother and forever be Angelina's child. Case close.

    Money is a very powerful thing.

  67. Wally says – reply to this


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    ANgelina is gonna steal eveyones kids. Lock your doors!!

  68. willie D sux says – reply to this


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    Re: Willie D.
    You're a loser. I bet you're still living in your mom's basement.

  69. heyyall says – reply to this


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    Throw 'em like $50 to shut their pie holes. That could buy 'em a hole mess o cows in Ethiopia. Little Z too high maintenance to be slumming it now.

  70. pepe says – reply to this


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    If she was really into helping them, then she would do what is right, hand over the baby to her mother, and instead of ripping children from their culture she would do like charlize theron has done and donate more, now that would be selfless. Everyone wants to be with their real parents.

  71. Mark Twain says – reply to this


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    That is one ugly little girl. Sorry, folks.

  72. heyyall says – reply to this


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    Should have adopted an eskimo.

  73. huggabunch says – reply to this


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    THIS LADY SHOULD CONSIDER HERSELF LUCKY TO HAVE HAD ZAHARA ADOPTED BY ANGELINA. IF SHE WERE A REAL MOTHER, SHE WOULD BE GRATEFUL THAT HER MOTHER TOOK THE BABY TO THE AGENCY INSTEAD OF TRYING TO NOW SAY SHE WANTS ZAHARA BACK. WHETHER YOU THINK THAT CELEBRITIES GET SPECIAL TREATMENT OR NOT IN THE ADOPTION PROCESS..THE REALITY IS THAT THEY ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THESE CHILDREN'S LIVES. YOU CAN SEE THE LOVE ANGELINA HAS FOR SHILOH AND ZAHARA EQUALLY. ZAHARA'S LIFE WAS FOREVER CHANGED FOR THE BETTER WHEN ANGELINA MET HER. THE LADY LOOKS JUST LIKE ZAHARA SO SHE 'S PROBABLY TELLING THE TRUTH, HOWEVER SHE'S LUCKY SHE'LL BE ABLE TO SEE PICS OF ZAHARA GROWING UP IN ALL THE MAGAZINES. NOT MANY PARENTS WHO GAVE UP THEIR KIDS CAN SAY THAT. LEAVE ANGELINA ALONE!

  74. MJ says – reply to this


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    She should send back all the children she has adopted to their birth parents,and keep her real child!!!! Send your children back Angie,and Keep Shiloh!!! so,it won't be chaotic!!!She should've just have Shiloh,she's sooo pretty!!!!!!!

  75. team angie says – reply to this


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    money talks bitches.

  76. Disgusted says – reply to this


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    Wow, it is really scary to see how many racist people frequent this site. Angelina is obviously right in this case but does it have to be because the people against her are black?

  77. Disgusted says – reply to this


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    Wow, it is really scary to see how many racist people frequent this site. Angelina is obviously right in this case but does it have to be because the people against her are black?

  78. ronlad says – reply to this


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    Unfortunately her real mom wont get her back. America will just have to put up with lookin at Zahara's ugly ass gorilla face. she has to be the most ugliest thing in America right now. If it sounds to good to be true than it usually is. It would've been nice to have never seen Zahara's ugly face ever again though.

  79. ROBERT says – reply to this


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    I find amazing that nobody question Angelina's last adoption. To adopt from Vietnam you need to wait at least 3 years and it's almost impossible. She did it in 2 weeks, donated 1 million to the school, change the name of a 3 years old child and flew the country. 1,2,3, DONE!

    A donation of 1 million dollars is a payoff and God knows how many payoff she has giving for her collection of children.

    Unstable, and mentally sick this woman should not be aloud to adopt so freely. .

  80. Jane Doe says – reply to this


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    Angie is a good mom. She loves Z and it shows.

    The woman in the pic, if it is her bio mother, ran away and couldn't feed the child. If she were ANY kind of woman, she would be proud of herself for giving her child a life where she would be fed, sheltered and loved greatly. If this woman in the pic is her bio mother, she should ask for a pic of Z and leave it at that.

    TEAM MOTHER ANGIE. ADOPT ALL OVER ANGIE YOU SEEM LIKE SUCH A GOOD MOM.

  81. Luckii says – reply to this


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    Truthfully, it is NOT in the child's best interest to return to her birth parents. Fame or NO fame, Angelina is a great provider and mother to that child. Zahara calls her, "MOM" and has become accustom to a certain lifestyle now. As a mother, Angelina could never allow that child to return to that family knowing that they can not even afford to feed that child. Blood or no blood, that little girl has made bonds with a new family now and she is well cared for and loved… I feel bad for their family but it is in the best interest of Zahara to stay with Angelina.

    Luckii

  82. megumi says – reply to this


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    The alleged mother of Zahara is being selfish. She is willing to subject Zahara to a life of poverty, filth and starvation so that she can satisfy her own emotional issues. No child deserves to suffer under those conditions. A mother should put a child's needs ahead of her own wants. Zahara is in a much better environment right now, being fed and recieving medical care and clean clothing. Also, jerking a small child out of a home she has settled in will undoubtedly cause major emotional issues that will plague her as she grows up. A mother who desires to inflict such pain upon her child is no mother at all and does not deserve any more children, much less the child she lost.

  83. assholes says – reply to this


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    That baby was 6 months old when ANGELina adopted her. She was on the brink of death. She was not even 9 pounds and if you pinched her skin, it stuck together. The mother could not even breast feed because she only had one piece of bread a day…..she SAVED this kid….assholes.

  84. mia says – reply to this


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    What? Angelina can travel all over the world filming movies, but she can't travel to Ethiopia so Zahara can visit her biological family? Is she really that cruel? What an aweful thing to do to a child. Someday Zahara is going to dispise Angelina for denying her visitation to her birth family. Heaven forbid Zahara's mother or grandmother pass away before she ever gets to meet them! That's sad.

  85. blankAngel says – reply to this


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    what's ridiculous is how people believe the credibility of tabloids when they print stories like this. i think angelina is a smart woman and smart enough to know adoption rules. she would hate to fall in love with a child and have to give her back some time later.

  86. Ugly little Zahara says – reply to this


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    I find it hilarious that 2 people who fight over this ugly, little girl Zahara. she is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. Who give's a fuck that 2 idiots want to fight over something so ugly. Both bitches oughta be shot for having such low standards.

  87. t money says – reply to this


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    its difficult to see what our gracious white people really truly think of folks with a little pigment in the skin tone. im sure the comments below regarding racist remarks are suppose to be a joke, but it go's past joke and show's ignorance. and africans espically from different sect's have a destinctive look all of there own. i bet you a dollar none of the pictures shown are bioligically related. that go's to the ingornance of our beautiful american cacuasian population. preach on…..

  88. tabloids are shit says – reply to this


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    how much fucking money did "OUT OF TOUCH" pay these poor ladies in africa to sell their story.
    and why are these women only talking about their suffering now? it's been two years.
    something is not right.
    i hate IN TOUCH - Just leave Angelina alone. Does she have to be on their cover ever single week?
    She's getting married, having a baby, she's adopting, she's moving to europe, she's too skinny, she's dying, she anorexic, she has a disease, she is getting close to the bodyguard, she is fighting with jen, she is fighting with brad, she is fighting with brad's mom…..SHUT THE FLYING FUCK UP ALREADY IN TOUCH, FUCKING OBSESSED.

  89. catt says – reply to this


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    Isn't it funny how all of Angie's orphans have families?? Isn't it funny how the people who ran the adoption agency for Maddox went to jail?? Isn't it funny how for awhile now stories have been floating that Zahara was not an AIDS orphan like Angie said she was and was certainly not on the verge of death and had a mother?? Isn't it funny how Angie was fast-tracked for the Pax adoption and he also has a mother and family?? Isn't it funny how Angie likes to buy/steal poor womens' children??

  90. PARIS says – reply to this


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    Call me a cinic but Angelina's new movie it's coming out next week and she really need some support from fans. Her last movie was A Mighty Failure. What a great story - They want to take Zahara away from her! …Poor, poor Angelina…Fantastic, people will team with her, they will love her again and she will make millions in her new movie.

    So, she will have more money to buy more third world children….Angelina it's a lousy human being but a great manipulator.-

  91. ricky hunter says – reply to this


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    two years later bitch! peah lease give me a break!

  92. Hitla says – reply to this


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    Those Ethiopians are such hot bitches. They have black skin but have white people's facial features. They don't have huge flat noses or huge butt lips. Wow I think I found my new favorite race.

  93. such crap says – reply to this


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    This is her mother but Angelina is her mom…To take Zahara away from the only mom she knows would be cruel…And Brad is her daddy.

  94. katty says – reply to this


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    angie isnt neglecting these kids. lets give britneys two little boys to africans to raise. wildebeasts would make better parents than brit and k-fed

  95. xoxo says – reply to this


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    Should celebrities help children stay with their families?

    NO! Because these so called relatives are shaky. They ditched the kid in the orphanage first, they would never want the kid back if the kid was still in the orphanage. Now they want her back because she is raised by a super rich woman. They want something from that rich lady. They either want to raise Zahara by themselves with the rich lady's donation or they just want to be in Zahara's life so they can ask for money. It's disgusting!

    They want to take advantage of Angelina. Angelina is right about the parents have to earn the right to be with the child. Don't let them use Zahara, Angelina.

  96. Meddling White fools says – reply to this


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    Well, while the White man/woman is once again taking up the "Burden" they are not stopping to think! These children may have been in distress — but taking them away from their birth families is NOT the answer. SUPPORT the families let's have a NEW IMPROVED VIEW toward the 3rd world — SUPPORT the families enable them to raise their own children. Don't take babies from families because they are poor and cannot support them. These children need their own people.

  97. Meddlin white fools says – reply to this


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    Part 2 — cut off:
    Madonna should have offered a paycheck for some service ( African liaison or something) to little Banda's father so that he could have kept him — but should not taken his child. Not such a good photo-op though is it. Anonymous donation for the betterment of children's lives doesn't create great press.
    These little tykes may indeed have EVERY opportunity in the West — but won't know who they are….and will suffer from that. At some point in every adult person's life they ask "who am I." The person(s) who can answer that best are the birth family. Let's start a new movement people which ACTUALLY assists the poor — ADOPT A FAMILY!!! Don't take their CHILDREN>>>>>
    The West touts "unusual/blended" families all the time — so…. seek out the extended family of such needy children and sponsor THEM so they can keep their babies. Barreling in and taking over makes Westerners HATED in the world, but quietly step in with genuine aid and you will find FRIENDS everywhere…
    Now before all the adoptive parents jump up prostesting…. the key point I am making is that these human beings DO WANT THEIR CHILDREN — if given the means to sustain them they WILL KEEP THEM.
    Taking the cute, smart, full of personality babies away from them helps WHOM?

  98. serah says – reply to this


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    for those who say having a black child is trendy for the white folk..you are a bunch of idiots. She is giving this child a life she never would have had if she hadnt been adopted. I swear white people cant cut a fuckin break

  99. nigglet says – reply to this


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    send the nigglet back. someone wealthy needs to anonymously give the money needed to the family in africa to fight angelina to get the nigglet back. 1 less nignog here & putting adoptalina in her place, thus, killing 2 birds w/ one stone.

  100. lily says – reply to this


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    She looks EXACTLY like Zahara!

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