The natural mother of Angelina Jolie’s adopted Ethiopian daughter, Zahara, dreams of meeting her baby girl.
Poverty stricken Mentewab Dawit Lebiso told Daily Mail Online through an interrupter that she is desperate to be part of her 12-year-old daughter’s life.
She dreams of one day meeting the girl she gave up as a tiny infant – but said she would settle for the chance to simply hear her voice.
‘I just want her to know that I am alive and here and long to be able to speak with her. I do not want my daughter back but just to be in contact with her and be able to call her up and talk with her,’ said Mentewab, who lives in Ethiopia.
Mentewab is the first to admit that the Jolie-Pitts have given her daughter everything she could wish for, adding: ‘Angelina has been more of a mother to her than I have ever been. She has been with her since she was a baby, but that does not mean I do not miss her.
But she adds: ‘I miss her all the time. I think about her every day and long to hear her voice or see her face.I know when she has a birthday but I am sad because I can’t celebrate it with her. I would so much want to celebrate with her on her birthday and other special days.
‘I long to be able to have regular contact with her.’
‘I would like Zahara to know she has a mother who loves her as much as Angelina.
‘I know her life is with Angelina is in another country and she speaks another language than me.
‘She has a life that I could never give her, but I would still like to have some contact. I would like to see her face. She has grown into a beautiful woman and I am so proud of her. My heart bursts because I am so proud.’
‘We all die sometime and before I die I would like her to know about me and that she has family here in Ethiopia.
‘I would ask Angelina to let me speak with her. I do not think it is too much to ask.’
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