Despite growing up in the Palestinian refugee camp of Khan Younis in Gaza, Mohammed Assaf never gave up on his dream of becoming a singer.
That dream came true reality last year after he won the TV talent contest “Arab Idol”, captivating millions of viewers across the Arab world and beyond.
The young singer attracted global attention when he sang for the opening of the World Cup earlier this summer.
As an ambassador to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, Mohammed Assaf spoke to euronews about the latest events and the humanitarian situation in Gaza:
“Children are growing up under the shelling of bombs, they are living under siege. All this affects them psychologically. That’s where international organisations and children’s rights institutions come in, they must help them. With regards to what’s going on in Gaza, shelling must stop to save people’s, and particularly children’s lives,” said the young singer.
Assaf was the first Palestinian to win the singing contest, and his victory prompted an outpour of emotion in the Arab world.
When euronews asked him what his message was to the Palestinian people, he said art and music carry an important message and are more powerful than weapons.
“My message to them is my songs more than anything else, this is what I have to offer, I mean the lyrics of my songs are much stronger and speak louder than the sound of bullets and missiles,” he said.
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