Testimony - Angelina Jolie's baby's birthmom

Mentwabe Dawit, the mother of an Ethiopian baby adopted by Angelina Jolie, smiles in the southern city of Awasa November 17, 2007. The baby was conceived after her mother was raped. Rueters posted the following in an interview with her.

Mentwabe Dawit, mother of two-year-old Zahara, described how she was attacked one evening in 2004 after a day's work at a construction site in the southern Ethiopian town of Awasa.

As she walked home in the darkness, a man approached.

"He pulled a dagger, put one hand on my mouth, so that I could not scream. He then raped me and disappeared," Mentwabe told Reuters in an interview, tears streaming down her face.

The 24-year-old decided to keep the assault a secret.

"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 with so many countless others Mentwabe kept silent. The shame was not her own but she carried it in secret.The shame belongs to the rapist alone.

Thank you Angelina for adopting this child. While society says they are throwaways it is clear that Zahara is a treasure for you.


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