Mentewab Dawit Lebiso, the birth mother of Zahara Jolie-Pitt

The birth mother of Zahara Jolie-Pitt wants to reconnect with her daughter, whom she says she misses all the time.

Zahara Jolie-Pitt is one of the three kids that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt adopted. The Hollywood actors met little Zahara in Ethiopia and have been her parents since she was just a six-months-old baby. Now she is 12-years-old and shares her famous parents with five other siblings: brothers Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, and Knox, 8, and sisters Shiloh, 10 and Vivienne, 8.

Zahara’s birth mother, Mentewab Dawit Lebiso, says she never received money, nor photos from Jolie since the adoption. She adds that she still does not want financial retribution or to get get daughter back. “I just want her to know that I am alive and here and long to be able to speak with her.”

According to an interview the 31-year-old woman gave to Daily Mail, there are no demands that Lebiso makes other than reconnect with the little girl whom she has given birth to and that she could not keep.

Even though she stresses that Jolie “has been more of a mother to her than [she has] ever been, she does ask for compassion. “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.”

Of Zahara, Lebiso says: “She has grown into a beautiful woman and I am so proud of her. My heart bursts because I am so proud.”

At the time of the adoption, in 2005, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were told that Zahara was an orphan and that her parents both died from AIDS.

Jolie and Pitt are going through divorce and she has physical custody of all six children.