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Biological mother of Angelina Jolie’s adopted girl Zahara, 12, demands access from Ethiopia after Brangelina love split

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Mentewab Dawit Lebiso was forced to give her daughter up after she was raped

Poverty stricken 31-year-old was attacked then fell sick after her baby was born

Jolie adopted the daughter from Ethiopia believing she was an 'Aids orphan'


Now Mentewab tells Mail Online she desperately wants to speak to Zahara, 12

Biological mother says she wants Jolie to get custody after love split with Brad

Says she is not asking for her daughter back but wants the chance to talk to her

Mentewab says she has had no letters, photos or money from Jolie since adoption

 'I just want her to know that I am alive and long to be able to speak with her' 

The natural mother of Angelina Jolie's adopted Ethiopian daughter Zahara has made a heartfelt plea to the superstar actress telling her: 'Please just let me talk to my daughter'.

Poverty stricken Mentewab Dawit Lebiso told Daily Mail Online she is desperate to be part of her 12-year-old daughter's life - and called for Jolie to get custody of her daughter in the bitter split with Brad Pitt.

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 ekes out a living in Ethiopia.

Desperate: Mentewab Dawit Lebiso is Zahara Jolie Pitt's biological mother, having given birth to her in Ethiopia after falling pregnant when she was attacked. Mentewab has never had any other children and now desperately wants some contact with Zahara

Desperate: Mentewab Dawit Lebiso is Zahara Jolie Pitt's biological mother, having given birth to her in Ethiopia after falling pregnant when she was attacked. Mentewab has never had any other children and now desperately wants some contact with Zahara

Bid for reunion: Menteweb gave birth to Zahara in Ethiopia but the baby was put up for adoption as Menetweb was so sick. She is desperately disappointed she has no contact with ZaharaZahara, pictured above with Angelina Jolie in 2007, was born in Ethiopia but put up for adoption as her mother Meneteweb was so sick

Bid for reunion: Mentewab, pictured left above, gave birth to Zahara, pictured above right with Angelina Jolie in 2007, in Ethiopia but the baby was put up for adoption as Mentewab was so sick. She is desperately disappointed she has no contact with Zahara

Life of riches: Zahara, pictured left above with Angelina Jolie  and sister Shiloh, right in 2015, was born into grinding poverty in Ethiopia but adopted by Jolie after her mother fell ill after the birth. Zahara's birth mother, who gets by on less than £15 a week, wants to be able to talk to her

Life of riches: Zahara, pictured left above with Angelina Jolie  and sister Shiloh, right in 2015, was born into grinding poverty in Ethiopia but adopted by Jolie after her mother fell ill after the birth. Zahara's birth mother, who gets by on less than £15 a week, wants to be able to talk to her

Maternal: Angelina Jolie was clearly besotted with her newly adopted daughter Zahara as she planted a kiss on her head just after her arrival in the United States in 2005

Maternal: Angelina Jolie was clearly besotted with her newly adopted daughter Zahara as she planted a kiss on her head just after her arrival in the United States in 2005

'Aids orphan': Angelina Jolie revealed she had been told Zahara's mother had died of Aids when she adopted her in 2005, and said she was also suffering from dehydration and malnutrition. In fact her mother was still alive

'Aids orphan': Angelina Jolie revealed she had been told Zahara's mother had died of Aids when she adopted her in 2005, and said she was also suffering from dehydration and malnutrition. In fact her mother was still alive

New family: Angelina Jolie first adopted son Maddox from Cambodia, in 2002, and later daughter Zahara from Ethiopia, in 2005

New family: Angelina Jolie first adopted son Maddox from Cambodia, in 2002, and later daughter Zahara from Ethiopia, in 2005

Growing brood: Following the adoption of Maddox, left, and Zahara, second left, she gave birth naturally to Shiloh, pictured far right, in May 2006. She then adopted Pax from Vietnam in 2007, third left, and gave birth to twins Knox and Vivienne in 2008 (not pictured)

Growing brood: Following the adoption of Maddox, left, and Zahara, second left, she gave birth naturally to Shiloh, pictured far right, in May 2006. She then adopted Pax from Vietnam in 2007, third left, and gave birth to twins Knox and Vivienne in 2008 (not pictured)

Custody: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have split and have now vowed to keep their divorce private after months of damaging headlines. Pictured: Brad Pitt (R) with his son Knox (in arms), daughter Zahara, left, as actress Angelina Jolie holds daughter Vivienne and son Maddox, left, and daughter Shiloh, right centre, upon their arrival at Tokyo's Narita International Airport in January 2009

Custody: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have split and have now vowed to keep their divorce private after months of damaging headlines. Pictured: Brad Pitt (R) with his son Knox (in arms), daughter Zahara, left, as actress Angelina Jolie holds daughter Vivienne and son Maddox, left, and daughter Shiloh, right centre, upon their arrival at Tokyo's Narita International Airport in January 2009

Hugs for mummy: The bond between Angelina and Zahara is obvious in the many photographs of the pair, with Jolie pictured clutching her adopted daughter in delight throughout her infancy and toddlerhood, and holding her hand as she grew older

Hugs for mummy: The bond between Angelina and Zahara is obvious in the many photographs of the pair, with Jolie pictured clutching her adopted daughter in delight throughout her infancy and toddlerhood, and holding her hand as she grew older

United front: Despite the growing strains in the marriage, the family were pictured altogether at the Maleficent premiere in 2014 with children (L-R) Pax Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt

United front: Despite the growing strains in the marriage, the family were pictured altogether at the Maleficent premiere in 2014 with children (L-R) Pax Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt

In 2001 Jolie was recognized and named a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador to help educate the public not only about the plight of refugees.

Using her star power she has visited more than 20 countries to highlight the humanitarian problems they are facing and to focus attention on refugees searching for a new life.

Among the countries she visited were Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cambodia, Pakistan, Syria, and Iraq.

With husband Brad she set up the Jolie-Pitt Foundation to work towards protecting natural resources and conserving wildlife.

Jolie has also met US lawmakers more than 20 times in Washington DC to lobby for causes close to her heart.

In 2010, the United Nations promoted Angie from Goodwill Ambassador to a diplomat.

She is now a special envoy and represents the UN Refugee Agency to other diplomats, governments, and officials around the world.

Representatives for Angelina Jolie did not respond to requests for comment.