Mentewab Dawit Lebiso is from Ethiopia, and with the help of a translator, she shared with Daily Mail her thoughts on Zahara.
“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. 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. I miss her all the time,’’ Mentewab said.
“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.”
Angelina adopted Zahara back in 2005 when Zahara was only 6 months old, and in 2006, Brad started the adoption process himself, so that he also can be a parent to Zahara by law.
Angelina hasn’t yet said anything about Mentewab’s desire to hear from her daughter, but she spoke about what kind of person Zahara has grown up to be. The actress told Hello! magazine in April that “the sound of Zahara’s laugh” is what makes her heart fill with happiness.
“She is one of those people who laughs with her whole body. Completely open and full of joy,” Angelina shared.
Zahara was born on January 8, 2005, in Ethiopia. Her biological mother Mentewab, said in January that, when she was 19 years old, she was viciously raped, and as a result, little Zahara was born. “My baby was sick, and I was very weak and sick after birth. I agreed that she should be put up for adoption but if I had my chance again I would have kept her,” she declared.
But, back in 2007, for The Mail on Sunday, Mentewab stated that she left Zahara with her grandmother, who gave the baby for adoption.
Mentewab said that she is hoping that Angelina will make her dream come try one day and that she will let her meet Zahara. “I would ask Angelina to let me speak with [Zahara]. I do not think it is too much to ask.’’