Angelina Jolie spent much of the past week being vilified by some selective readings of an apparently unsealed judge’s order. I still have questions as to why the judge’s order wasn’t sealed, considering everything about Brad Pitt and Angelina’s divorce and custody war has been sealed for almost a year and a half. But the fact of the matter is that outlets did get their hands on the judge’s order, which is the temporary arrangement the judge has made until Angelina and Brad’s lawyers go back into court in August.
In case anyone is interested in reading the entire order, you can see the document here – as it turns out, People Magazine was pretty thorough in how they described the visitation schedule, but my problem was always with how the information was framed. Most outlets went with “Angelina in danger of losing custody!” When the reality of the order is that it reveals that after two years, Brad is still not allowed to see his kids without supervision.
Since we got to hear “sources close to Brad” tell People Magazine all about how he’s “doing great” and “spending time with the kids,” I guess Angelina thought it would be a good moment to remind everyone that she’s doing okay too. A source told People: “Angie is doing great and is focussing on her work. She’s doing a UN mission this weekend for World Refugee Day. The children are proud of their mom. She teaches them to focus on others not on their own troubles.” The source also says that because Brad is legally required to spend time with the children in London this weekend, she planned a solo trip ahead of World Refugee Day. That trip? West Mosul, Iraq, which was liberated from ISIS control last year. She spent all day Saturday spending time with refugees (and people who had been living under ISIS). Angelina made some public statements while on the ground, including this:
“This is the worst devastation I have seen in all my years working with UNHCR,” Jolie said. “People here have lost everything: their homes are destroyed. They are destitute. They have no medicine for their children, and many have no running water or basic services. They are still surrounded by bodies in the rubble. After the unimaginable trauma of the occupation, they are now trying to rebuild their homes, often with little or no assistance.”
“I recognize the great sacrifices made in the liberation of Mosul. I hope there will be a continued commitment to rebuilding and stabilizing the whole of the city. And I call on the international community not to forget Mosul, and not to turn their attention away from its people. We have learnt in Iraq before and elsewhere in the region the dangers of leaving a void. It is also what the families and survivors deserve.”
I’m including a video of her touring the wreckage left behind, and some photos too. Walking through the city, it looks like she’s wearing some kind of flak vest – perhaps there are concerns of unexploded bombs in the area. All I know is that she’s brave as hell and this short video was devastating.
Photos courtesy of Getty.