Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie never revisited the orphanage in Vietnam where she adopted Pax like she had promised.
Jolie, 41, picked up Pax, who was three years old at the time, from Tam Binh Orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City in March 2007. But the Oscar-winning actress has not returned to the home despite promising to “be back soon.”
The orphanage, Tam Binh, is now facing financial ruin and told the Daily Mirror that it has not seen Jolie come back.
Pax, 12, who was known as Pham Quang Sang at the orphanage, was born in November 2003 to a drug addict. The woman escaped from the hospital without paying and made the decision to leave her two-day-old son.
Pax has lived a fortunate life since being adopted and relocated to Los Angeles with his divorcing parents, who, together, are worth nearly $400 million. Jolie reportedly makes about $15 million per film — that’s equivalent to nearly 30,000 years of funding for Tam Binh, according to the Mirror.
Nguyen Kim Xuyen, who works at the orphanage, took a photo with Jolie when she came to pick up Pax in 2007, and saved it as a souvenir.
“Everyone is looking forward to them returning to Tam Binh. We will meet again some day,” Xuyen said of the actress.
However, when asked if she ever hears from Jolie, who is currently in a child custody battle with Brad Pitt, she replied, “No, no, never.”
Tam Binh, which is funded by the government, is in the brink of collapse as it has not received any extra donations since Jolie visited.
“We’re a government orphanage, so we always get their support,” Xuyen explained. “However, we still need more money to buy food and provide [the orphans] better living conditions. We only get [$54] per month, which is nowhere near enough.”
The actress did go back to the country with her son in 2011 and said, “We owe Vietnam a visit, because Pax is due.”
Yet a visit to Tam Bin never happened. But maybe that’s because the “Changeling” and “Maleficent” star has been busy saving the world as a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
In a video that surfaced on the Internet on Friday, Jolie talked about the International Criminal Court’s new policy to focus on prosecuting crimes committed against children.
“Successful prosecution and new legal benchmark, whether at the ICC or elsewhere, is part of the long and vital generational effort. That is the light in which I believe the court’s new policy on children should be seen,” Jolie said, according to the Huffington Post. “I particularly welcome the commitment to include charges for crimes against children, wherever the evidence permits, as part of a more systematic approach. I congratulate the office of the chief prosecutor and all those working on the policy.”
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