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Murad
December 19, 2007, 05:00 PM
Shakira grieves with Sidr-hit children

Ashfaq Wares Khan


<TABLE cellSpacing=2 cellPadding=2 width=200 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>http://www.thedailystar.net/photos/2007-12-20__back04.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD class=osdn-navtext>Renowned singer Shakira comforts 11-year-old Sidr-orphan Nipa hearing the child's ordeal during her Monday's visit to cyclone-hit areas in Patuakhali. Courtesy: Unicef
</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>It is hard to imagine celebrities being emotional. Let alone global mega pop stars. But, when Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira sat in a Dhaka hotel visibly shaken from her visit to Sidr-hit areas, it is easy to understand why she was chosen as a Unicef goodwill ambassador.

Speaking to The Daily Star after returning from the daylong tour, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll passionately recalled her experience in the cyclone-hit areas, often pausing to sigh and reflect between sentences.

"She sang to me a song of grief. It was a beautiful song in Bengali...It said, 'Mother, wherever you are, write to me'. I will never forget her voice," Shakira recalled the moments she spent with Nipa, an 11-year-old girl left orphan by Sidr, in Patuakhali.

But, like so much of what she stands for, Shakira also found hope. "Amid all this calamity, sadness and grief, I saw kids playing, singing and smiling in this semi-destroyed school. It was like an oasis...of relief," she said, speaking about Child Friendly Spaces, an institution where children traumatised by the deadly cyclone's devastation spend their days playing and learning.

"This made me think more than ever that the world should focus on providing these safe spaces where the children can grow healthy up in places away from trouble, at least for a few hours," she said, her eyes beaming with the audacity of such hope.

"Where children can be children, play and sing. It's much more than learning, it's a place where children can socialise and communicate with children," she said.

"I loved hearing the kids say they dream about becoming doctors and nurses...They all had positive dreams. That's what I want to leave Bangladesh knowing some of these kids will be given the opportunity to accomplish their dreams," she said, wishing to see the results when she again visits Bangladesh.

Read more (http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=16165)

abdulw11
December 19, 2007, 05:04 PM
Ahh, that's really nice of Shakira. Quite heart warming really, that she would take the time out to visit these victims.

Plus, she's hot stuff too. ;)

Kabir
December 19, 2007, 05:04 PM
It'll be good if she does a concert while she's at it.

rubel_18
December 19, 2007, 05:11 PM
Thats very nice of her to take her time to visit these people hu hav been affected so badly.
BTW thats actually a very gud idea Kabir bhai if she does a concert and she makes it all go to the Sidr Charity Funds.

Antora
December 19, 2007, 05:59 PM
wow! thats nice of shakira, i wouldnt expect something like this from her.

Arnab
December 19, 2007, 06:10 PM
It was extremely kind of Shakira to grace Bangladesh with her presence. People from the coastal region are mad about her and consider her an idol. I remember my last visit to the south and I vividly recall how Shakira's songs were blared from giant video screens in the innumerous nightclubs of Jessore, Khulna, Bagerhat, where people from all walks of life would gather and have a fun time dancing to her exhilarating tunes. There's a saying there that even the Chitrol horins and the baghmamas in the Sundarbans start shaking their hips when they hear Shakira's voice. This one of a kind visit from a person who is so close to their lives must have warmed their heart and given them immense courage.

Moshin
December 19, 2007, 06:21 PM
shakira in bangladesh, who would've have thought
of her being in 'bangladesh', hopefully she gives
a stunning concert for the people, man the people will love
that song: shakira..shakira! the best of them
they'll be moving thier hips with joy!!!
so much money for charity!!!

Parisa
December 19, 2007, 07:21 PM
i love shakira! a great singer and also a great human being! god bless her!

Bancan
December 19, 2007, 10:46 PM
God bless her. A concert in Bangladesh is a good idea but dunno how much fund that will generate. A concert outside Bangladesh might raise more money.

Beamer
December 19, 2007, 10:47 PM
It was extremely kind of Shakira to grace Bangladesh with her presence. People from the coastal region are mad about her and consider her an idol. I remember my last visit to the south and I vividly recall how Shakira's songs were blared from giant video screens in the innumerous nightclubs of Jessore, Khulna, Bagerhat, where people from all walks of life would gather and have a fun time dancing to her exhilarating tunes. There's a saying there that even the Chitrol horins and the baghmamas in the Sundarbans start shaking their hips when they hear Shakira's voice. This one of a kind visit from a person who is so close to their lives must have warmed their heart and given them immense courage.

Sarcasm bhoyanok :floor:

Sohel
December 19, 2007, 11:13 PM
It was extremely kind of Shakira to grace Bangladesh with her presence. People from the coastal region are mad about her and consider her an idol. I remember my last visit to the south and I vividly recall how Shakira's songs were blared from giant video screens in the innumerous nightclubs of Jessore, Khulna, Bagerhat, where people from all walks of life would gather and have a fun time dancing to her exhilarating tunes. There's a saying there that even the Chitrol horins and the baghmamas in the Sundarbans start shaking their hips when they hear Shakira's voice. This one of a kind visit from a person who is so close to their lives must have warmed their heart and given them immense courage.

:floor::floor::floor: ... CLASSIC !

HereWeGo
December 19, 2007, 11:39 PM
It was extremely kind of Shakira to grace Bangladesh with her presence. People from the coastal region are mad about her and consider her an idol. I remember my last visit to the south and I vividly recall how Shakira's songs were blared from giant video screens in the innumerous nightclubs of Jessore, Khulna, Bagerhat, where people from all walks of life would gather and have a fun time dancing to her exhilarating tunes. There's a saying there that even the Chitrol horins and the baghmamas in the Sundarbans start shaking their hips when they hear Shakira's voice. This one of a kind visit from a person who is so close to their lives must have warmed their heart and given them immense courage.

Ajaira post tar artho ki.....

Sohel
December 20, 2007, 01:54 AM
Shakira Shakes Bagerhat

Staff Reporter, Bagerhat, Bangladesh- After being inundated with questions about Garcia Marquez and the Medellin Cartel from the predictably savant Bagerhat crowd, Shakira could barely contain her sexy self when they decided to finally give the sultry Colombian Pop-goddess a well-deserved break towards the end. Shakira, visibly relieved, was happy to oblige with some priceless beauty tips before demonstrating, much to the gratitude of the suddenly spellbound crowd, the finer points of T&A exhibitionism.

READ MORE (chharkajom.com)


Shakira rocks !!!

Murad
December 20, 2007, 02:44 AM
Thanks for the link, Sohel Bhai.

sunny747
December 20, 2007, 04:33 AM
It was extremely kind of Shakira to grace Bangladesh with her presence. People from the coastal region are mad about her and consider her an idol. I remember my last visit to the south and I vividly recall how Shakira's songs were blared from giant video screens in the innumerous nightclubs of Jessore, Khulna, Bagerhat, where people from all walks of life would gather and have a fun time dancing to her exhilarating tunes. There's a saying there that even the Chitrol horins and the baghmamas in the Sundarbans start shaking their hips when they hear Shakira's voice. This one of a kind visit from a person who is so close to their lives must have warmed their heart and given them immense courage.


cheap joke.

PoorFan
December 20, 2007, 05:01 AM
It was extremely kind of Shakira to grace Bangladesh with her presence. People from the coastal region are mad about her and consider her an idol. I remember my last visit to the south and I vividly recall how Shakira's songs were blared from giant video screens in the innumerous nightclubs of Jessore, Khulna, Bagerhat, where people from all walks of life would gather and have a fun time dancing to her exhilarating tunes. There's a saying there that even the Chitrol horins and the baghmamas in the Sundarbans start shaking their hips when they hear Shakira's voice. This one of a kind visit from a person who is so close to their lives must have warmed their heart and given them immense courage.
:floor: Another Arnab classic! you should write more frequent.

akabir77
December 20, 2007, 11:48 AM
cost area of bangladesh doesn't need to know sakira. now that she knows what happen when she comes back to state (Where she is famous) people will hear from her and sidr victims will get media attention and much needed support they deserve.

Fazal
December 20, 2007, 12:01 PM
Is Shakira is anyway related to Shakila ?

Rabz
December 20, 2007, 12:03 PM
Damn! didnt even know she was in town!!

She could have told me!
I could have shown her around.
....And make sure she gets our world famous hospitality.

akabir77
December 20, 2007, 01:15 PM
Is Shakira is anyway related to Shakila ?

Why do u wanna know?

R u anyway related to Shakila?

mac
December 20, 2007, 01:22 PM
Is Shakira is anyway related to Shakila ?

era 2bon...choto belai mela ghurte gia harae gese.

akabir77
December 20, 2007, 01:35 PM
era 2bon...choto belai mela ghurte gia harae gese.

and one was found by shakiL Onil and another one by Ricky Martin

Fazal
December 20, 2007, 01:46 PM
era 2bon...choto belai mela ghurte gia harae gese.

I think you are right. They are two sisters. And both of them born in Satkhira.

Hatebreed
December 20, 2007, 03:19 PM
That's really nice of her. Even though her visit alone is very heart-warming, she could do more by performing a concert to raise some funds and actually help those children on their way to becoming doctors and nurses.

goru
December 20, 2007, 04:08 PM
Video report here (in Spanish):

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3tbgw_shakira-in-bangladesh_news

I'm surprised they pronounce "Bangladesh" right. :o

EDIT:

English: http://itn.co.uk/news/f5bf41ca5ab4680fcff9d429f33ac3eb.html

Hatebreed
December 20, 2007, 04:15 PM
I'm surprised they pronounce "Bangladesh" right. :o

That's because foreign words/names get anglicised by English speakers. Thanks for the video.

shaad
December 20, 2007, 05:52 PM
There's also the issue of how different syllables are stressed in English, which gives rise to the distorted pronunciation we hear.

AsifTheManRahman
December 21, 2007, 02:00 AM
Well I've found Spanish a lot easier to pick up in general than, say, French, the primary reason being that the pronunciations in the former are very similar to that in Bangla. So the fact that they pronounce "Bangladesh" correctly does not come as a surprise.

sunny747
December 21, 2007, 04:27 AM
Video report here (in Spanish):

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3tbgw_shakira-in-bangladesh_news

I'm surprised they pronounce "Bangladesh" right. :o

EDIT:

English: http://itn.co.uk/news/f5bf41ca5ab4680fcff9d429f33ac3eb.html

thanks so much..

Hatebreed
December 21, 2007, 03:38 PM
Linkin Park hold auction to aid Bangladesh cyclone survivors
Smashing Pumpkins, Avril Lavigne also contribute

http://www.nme.com/news/linkin-park/33146

akabir77
December 21, 2007, 04:12 PM
Linkin Park hold auction to aid Bangladesh cyclone survivors
Smashing Pumpkins, Avril Lavigne also contribute

http://www.nme.com/news/linkin-park/33146


Thanks for the link.

abdulw11
December 21, 2007, 05:14 PM
Linkin Park hold auction to aid Bangladesh cyclone survivors
Smashing Pumpkins, Avril Lavigne also contribute

http://www.nme.com/news/linkin-park/33146

Cheers for the link, HB.

It's so heartwarming to see all these stars come out to help our little country.

rubel_18
December 21, 2007, 05:36 PM
Cheers for the link, HB.

It's so heartwarming to see all these stars come out to help our little country.

Yeh I know it makes me feel rly happy and u can see that these ppl hav a nice heart to do sumthin like this.

al Furqaan
December 21, 2007, 08:27 PM
good on shakira...she's gained a new fan!

Rifat
December 21, 2007, 09:20 PM
Video report here (in Spanish):

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3tbgw_shakira-in-bangladesh_news

I'm surprised they pronounce "Bangladesh" right. :o

EDIT:

English: http://itn.co.uk/news/f5bf41ca5ab4680fcff9d429f33ac3eb.html

most hispanics(as i used to live in florida) have an easier time pronouncing bangladesh's name rather then the anglo white americans/british. it is not "Bang" "bang"
my desh it is bangladesh, you all know what i mean. the a is pronounced like the letter a in espanol.

Rifat
December 21, 2007, 09:21 PM
good on shakira...she's gained a new fan!

that she has, and in bangladesh she will gain some more, i am sure1

what's next, angelina jolie adopting a bangladeshi child :floor:

BanCricFan
December 22, 2007, 11:54 AM
It was extremely kind of Shakira to grace Bangladesh with her presence. People from the coastal region are mad about her and consider her an idol. I remember my last visit to the south and I vividly recall how Shakira's songs were blared from giant video screens in the innumerous nightclubs of Jessore, Khulna, Bagerhat, where people from all walks of life would gather and have a fun time dancing to her exhilarating tunes. There's a saying there that even the Chitrol horins and the baghmamas in the Sundarbans start shaking their hips when they hear Shakira's voice. This one of a kind visit from a person who is so close to their lives must have warmed their heart and given them immense courage.

Bhoyanok, indeed! UNICEF knows how to pick their 'ambassadors'- you have to give it to them. Having said that, someone said she might have some Bangali in her...I might be wrong though.

billah
December 22, 2007, 08:06 PM
I soooo wish I was Shakira's victim....

Wherever... whenever....

al Furqaan
December 22, 2007, 08:20 PM
that she has, and in bangladesh she will gain some more, i am sure1

what's next, angelina jolie adopting a bangladeshi child :floor:

i'm bangladeshi, i'm still kind of a child.

Murad
December 22, 2007, 08:22 PM
i'm bangladeshi, i'm still kind of a child.

ken apnar ki ichcha ache naki tar adopted child howar??? thakle bolen apni jogajog kore dekhi..

Antora
December 22, 2007, 08:46 PM
Linkin Park hold auction to aid Bangladesh cyclone survivors
Smashing Pumpkins, Avril Lavigne also contribute

http://www.nme.com/news/linkin-park/33146

woah! thats really nice! i feel sooo happy that all these people are comming out to help us. I feel like giving all of them a biiiiiiiggggg huuuug.. ( yesh i know im strange)

Game On
December 22, 2007, 09:47 PM
shakira in bangladesh, who would've have thought
of her being in 'bangladesh', hopefully she gives
a stunning concert for the people, man the people will love
that song: shakira..shakira! the best of them
they'll be moving thier hips with joy!!!
so much money for charity!!!

Hahaha , you got nothing else to think about except that ?

One World
December 22, 2007, 10:08 PM
Is Shakira is anyway related to Shakila ?

I dont think so, while one works on trust and honesty other does create kind of an opposite image. ;)