Previously thought to be deceased, Zahara’s real mother is still alive and has no plans to dispute Angelina Jolie’s adoption. Mentwabe Dawit tells of how she was too scared to tell anyone that she was raped at knife-point in 2004. Eventually, she became pregnant and had the baby, but soon found out she couldn’t take care of it and ran away. Mentwabe’s mother thought her daughter was dead and put the baby up for adoption. Eventually, Angelina Jolie came and adopted her.
“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.
Well, that sucks. All my illegitimate babies I conceived with my supermodel girlfriends were consensual so I don’t think I have anything to worry about unless the law states that you can’t run away from your unborn fetuses and then legally change your name. Oh, don’t look so shocked. I take care of all my bastard children. I give their mothers a couple bucks so they can get a cab to the hospital when they go into labor. People always look past my gentlemanly side.