'I just want to know my daughter': Mother of Angelina Jolie's adopted daughter Zahara desperate to reconnect

18 January 2017

The biological mother of Angelina Jolie's adopted daughter Zahara has appealed the actress to let her reconnect with her little girl.

The Maleficent star took Zahara into her family in July, 2005, when the Ethiopian native was just six months old. Zahara's grandmother had indicated the baby was an AIDS orphan on the official adoption paperwork, but the child's mom Mentewab Dawit Lebiso subsequently came forward and revealed she was still very much alive - and wanted to stay in touch with her daughter, who she admitted was "very fortunate" to join Angie's brood.

The actress did not publicly respond to Mentewab's plea, but now the desperate mother is trying again in a bid to get to know Zahara, who turned 12 earlier this month.

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"I just want her to know that I am alive and here and long to be able to speak with her," Lebiso tells DailyMail.co.uk.

"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."

Angelina Jolie with Zahara and bilogical daughter Shiloh  Jolie-Pitt. PHOTO: wenn Angelina Jolie and daughters Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
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The poverty-stricken Ethiopian national fell pregnant with Zahara after she was raped by a stranger who broke into her grandmother's home, she told the outlet.

When she could not longer hide the fact that she was pregnant, her family disowned her.

Mentewab insists she is grateful for the superstar for giving her baby a very comfortable life, but she still longs to have some contact with Zahara.

"Angelina has been more of a mother to her than I have ever been," she shares. "She has been with her since she was a baby, but that does not mean I do not miss her. I miss her all the time. I think about her every day and long to hear her voice or see her face.

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"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."

Angelina has yet to comment on Mentewab's latest efforts to reach out to the star.

She is currently adjusting to life as a single mother of six, following her split from husband Brad Pitt in September.

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