Angelina Jolie, beautiful stranger behind Afghan school
QALA-I-GUDAR, Afghanistan (AFP) - At a school in a bombed-out Afghan village near Kabul, Angelina Jolie is known as an aid worker or engineer - never as one of the world's most famous film stars.
Jolie, a special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, built the school in Qala-i-Gudar last year and is planning to open more in Afghanistan with profits from a newly-launched jewellery line that she has designed.
The Hollywood star visited Qala-i-Gudar in 2011, and she retains an avid fanbase among residents who have never seen any of her films and have no idea about her global fame as an actress.
Acting is controversial in the country, with many conservative Afghans associating it with un-Islamic behaviour and even prostitution.