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Loreen visits Azerbaijani women's shelter

Loreen visits Azerbaijani women's shelter

Published: 19 May 2012 12:20 GMT+02:00
Updated: 19 May 2012 12:20 GMT+02:00

“Their stories move me. It’s something I can relate to,” Loreen told national newspaper Expressen.

Swedish singer Loreen is in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, as the Swedish contestant in the annual European Song Contest, set to hypnotize viewers across the continent with its glitter and glamour next Saturday, May 26.

However, there’s more to her visit than a song-and-dance performance.

Azerbaijan’s hosting of the European Song Contest has been debated, as the country has been criticized by several human rights organisations.

According to organisation Human Rights Watch, press freedom is very limited, as are public protests, religious groups are restricted, and torture and ill-treatment in police custody occurs unpunished.

On Friday, Loreen visited a women’s shelter, and told them her own story from her childhood years in Morocco.

“My cousin was married off when she was 13, to a 40 year-old man. The same might have happened to me if my family had stayed in Morocco,” she told Expressen.

Through visiting the women’s shelter, Loreen hopes to be able to help their situation and raise awareness.

“It was important for me to tell them that sticking to your dreams is important, no matter what. Otherwise we can never achieve change,” she said.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

Your comments about this article

01:55 May 20, 2012 by jostein
Now, the thing is, most artists are egomaniacs. Thats how they make their way as artists and showmen. Now, when an egomaniac go to some shelter or another and get tv-coverage about how goodie goodie the artist is, do i believe the goodie-goddieness is genuine? Or is it base self promotion?
02:52 May 20, 2012 by Kaethar
But at the end of the day who cares? She's a singer, not a politician. It doesn't matter what people think of her. I simply support people doing good things. There's no point trying to look for an ulterior motive behind everything.
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