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All about Angelina Jolie's new baby girl Zahara

07/15/2005 at 07:01 AM ET

Star has a comprehensive article about Angelina Jolie’s new baby girl Zahara.  No photo yet!  Here are some highlights.

  • Baby Zahara is 5 months old.
  • Brad Pitt accompanied Angelina and Maddox to the orphanage.
  • Zahara was adopted from the Wide Horizons For Children orphanage, in  Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.  The private orphanage holds approximately 20-25 children, most of them under 8 years of age. It’s a shabby place: Its outside walls are topped with broken glass in order to keep out thieves.
  • Zahara’s birth name is actually Tena Adam, based on the local Amharic language’s name for Ruta (a green spice used in Ethiopia to flavor coffee).
  • Zahara’s birth mother, Mentewabe Dawet Zowda, 22, died just three days after giving birth to her, from heavy bleeding, according to Zahara’s grandmother, Almaz Blfnhe. (People magazine reports that Mentewabe died from AIDS; however, Almaz is quick to dispute this.)
  • Zahara’s grandmother Almaz took care of her infant granddaughter for four months, before finally deciding she was too poor to raise the child. The baby’s father is unknown. The baby was 4 months old, and weighed a meager 11 pounds, when she was put up for adoption.  Zahara had been at the Wide Horizons orphanage for 2 weeks before Angelina met her. 
  • Angelina officially adopted Zahara on Wednesday, July 6, about a week after first meeting her.
  • The adoption process took a month during which Angelina reportedly paid out a standard adoption fee of about $10,000 and quietly maneuvered through red tape.
  • Though she is 11 pounds,  Dr. Yasmin Hassan, a pediatrician who has treated Ethiopian babies, says that 11 pounds is normal for an Ethiopian baby of that age. "Ethiopian people are thin in general," says Hassan.   "She is a very beautiful baby but she is very weak," said Sister Lete, who had looked after Zahara while she was in the orphanage.  "Ms. Angelina needs to make sure she gets lots to eat so she puts on weight," added the sister.

Read the rest of the article at Star.

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Jezz on

I can’t wait to see pictures of Zahara!

sara on

Everything else aside, I must say that I really admire Angelina for all she does for refugees and needy people. God Bless Her!

Jennifer on

The place may be shabby, but having glass on the outside walls isn’t evidence for this. Even the finest houses and neighborhoods in Africa often do this.

tink1217 on

Interesting security system that place has! I am anxious to see little Zahara. Lots of luck to Angelina!!

Sissy on

I want to cry, this is so lovely, the baby needs lots to eat and plenty of love too.
Its so sad, there are so many children who could do with love.

Melanie on

people can say whatever they want about her but you cannot doubt that she is a great humanitarian

L on

I think what she is doing to help those in other countries in need is wonderful. I hope the rumors about her and Brad are true because I really think they would make a great couple and Brad would be a wonderful daddy to Maddox and Zahara. I really don’t think he would travel to Ethiopia with her to pick up her new child if there was not a connection there. Brad has gotten close to Maddox and that is something Angelina would not allow of just anyone. God bless her and her new baby girl!

Stephanie on

According to US weekly, the birth mother did NOT have HIV and the birth father is unknown. It also says that Zahara has been tested 3 times for HIV, and the results were negative each time.

joy on

yeah I read this article the other day…how much of it is true is yet to be determined. It’s amazing how much a magazine will go out of their way to get info on a baby.

But I agree I cannot wait to see the baby and your right putting other issues aside *coughs* brad – I think she is a great humanitarian and I applaud her efforts.

I am sure these children will be very lucky – she saved Zahara from a life of poverty which is great. She said in a blog once that she wanted to take them all home and wish she could.

Erica on

I truly admire AJ’s dedication to impoverished children–it’s not just something she talks about, she actually donates millions of her own dollars and adopts these children as her own. I like the fact that she is leading by example, showing people that adopting a child is just as rewarding, if not more so, than having one of your own, b/c in Zahara’s case, Angelina is giving her countless opportunities she never would have had in her own country. This is a beautiful family, and I just cannot wait to see a pic of the new baby.

joy on

I can’t believe some of the stories I am reading on her right now saying she “stole” the baby from her grandmother! That she didn’t want to adopt the other child from Russia and now he’s still an orphan. Gosh a girl tries to do something good and they have to depict every other thing she didn’t do *shaking my head* Can’t people just write nice stories about her humanitarian efforts instead of writing about trash we know isn’t true.

As far as this story above is concerned it came from STAR so we certainly don’t know how much is true but I hope that people start leaving Angie alone and let her raise her kids and continue her good deeds.

joy on

Angelina’s Baby Out of Hospital

Angelina Jolie is finally bringing her daughter home.

The Oscar winner’s newly adopted baby, Zahara, was released Friday from an undisclosed New York hospital after spending a week there being treated for dehydration and malnutrition, People magazine reports.

Zahara was admitted to facility shortly after Jolie returned from Ethiopia to complete the adoption of the six-month-old child.

“The baby is doing great. And most importantly [mother and daughter] have bonded,” the child’s pediatrician, Dr. Jane Aronson, tells People.

The adoption finalized July 6. Jolie, 30, accompanied by her adopted son Maddox and their good buddy Brad Pitt, flew to Africa last week to get Zahara.

The twice-divorced Girl, Interrupted star has released limited information on the girl, other than to say she was an orphan and her parents died of AIDS.

In a story on its Website Friday, People also took a potshot at rival glossy Star, contradicting an article in the latter magazine that quotes a woman described as Zaraha’s maternal grandmother. The Star report quotes the woman, identified as Almaz Blfnhe, saying she helped deliver the girl, who was originally named Tena Adam, and spent cared for her after the death of her mother. Almaz says that Zahara’s mother died of excessive blood loss three days after the birth, not AIDS. Almaz says she and the baby shared a bed for four months before deciding she was too poor to raise the child, who was malnourished and weighed less than five pounds at that point, and put her up for adoption, a move that “broke my heart.” The article includes a photo ostensibly of Almaz.

But People says the story is bunk. In a statement to the magazine, Wild Horizons for Children, the organization that sponsored the adoption, says, “The photo is not the woman who they claim it is and the quotes are fabricated.”

The magazine goes on to report that Zahara has no living siblings, her father is unknown and that her mother died, presumably of AIDS, about month after the girl’s birth. (Since Jolie is only cooperating with People, Star and Us Weekly have been scrambling to get in on the scoop; last week, in its haste to get a story out, Us mistakenly reported that Zahara was (a) a boy and (b ) jointly adopted by Jolie and Pitt.)

In any case, Zahara wasn’t the only member of Jolie’s inner circle to require hospital treatment following the African trip. Pitt was released from Los Angeles’s Cedars Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday after coming down with viral meningitis. Like Zahara, he is expected to make a full recovery.

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shelley on

Thank goodness Zahara was adopted…. by the sounds of it, she wouldn’t have made it otherwise. Now she has a chance.

HOLLY on

WHEN I HEARD THAT ZAHARA’S MOTHER WAS 22
(THE SAME AGE AS ME), I WAS SHOCKED AND SADDENED BY IT. SHE WAS SO YOUNG! READING THE ARTICLE MADE ME THINK WHAT IF I WAS IN HER POSITION? IT IS WONDERFUL WHAT ANGELINA IS DOING, TAKING THAT CHILD AND RAISING IT IN A LOVING, STABLE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE CHILD DOESN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING. WHERE SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO SPEND HER WHOLE LIFE CONSTANTLY LOOKING OVER HER SHOLDER. BUT IT ALSO BREAKS MY HEART FOR THE MANY OTHER CHILDREN WHO PERHAPS AREN’T AS LUCKY AS ZAHARA. I’M NOT TRYING TO BE “DEBBIE DOWNER” BUT IT JUST MADE ME THINK…

joy on

22 is young.
I am 22 and as I can clearly see myself raising a child….I also am aware of how much of a responsibility it would be. Luckily for the baby she is getting a second chance. Sadly for her mother she’ll never know her daughter but I bet she’s lookind down smiling that her baby is gonna get the best of everything now.

brave on

You would be surprised how common the claims of “baby selling” and “baby stealing” come around international adoption. While there are some unethical people and agencies, MOST adoptions are legal and ethical. Jolie used one of the 5 agencies that are licensed to do adoptions by the Ethiopian government.

mahdokht on

i’m iranian & live in american.
I LoVe Angelina

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