The 38-year-old singer, revealed to the international public in 2016 after winning Eurovision, confided in BFMTV on the upheaval of the Russian offensive.
Six years ago, Jamala made Ukraine shine on the Eurovision scene by winning the 2016 edition of the competition. She has been living for a few weeks in Turkey, with her two children, where she has refugee status: the 38-year-old singer fled her country, plagued since February 24 by the violent offensive of Russia. An upheaval that she tells this Tuesday at BFMTV.
“27th day of war… I lived it as one day”, she declares. “When Russia attacked Ukraine, I was paralyzed: I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t understand what was happening. I took the documents, my children and left.”
“It took me five days to get to the border,” she continues. “It’s terrible, what I’ve been through and what’s happening. This bloody, terrible war, a war machine that kills children, the innocent, indiscriminately.”
“This song was premonitory”
Jamala won Eurovision with the song 1944: a text on the repression of the Crimean Tatars, his community, deported by Stalin that year. When asked if she feels history is repeating itself, Jamala says yes:
“Unfortunately, I must admit that this song was premonitory. When I wrote it in 2016, I wanted to describe the suffering of my grandmother, her deportation. lived my grandmother.”
Earlier this month, Jamala told AFP that her husband had remained in Ukraine after accompanying her and their children to the border to join volunteers helping to evacuate women and children to more remote areas. sure. Since then, she has been trying to mobilize her audience: her Instagram feed is full of posts about the conflict and Ukrainian flags. She sang 1944 on German television during a qualifying competition for Eurovision, and will soon do the same in Spain and Lithuania: “Thanks to this song I was able to touch a lot of hearts, I think”.
The singer concludes by calling for solidarity and mobilization: “This war does not only threaten Ukraine, it is a problem for all of Europe. You have seen what is happening: women, children, civilians who are evacuating. It is not a simple operation or a military conflict, it is the war which targets humanity and we must bear witness to the truth of what is happening, and establish this truth. We all have our reason, our heart. Look, hear, it’s happening in Europe in the 21st century. It can’t happen like that today.”