December 18, 2007

Hips don't lie

(Picture courtesy Canada Eh who comments Shakira has a heart of gold)

..And make a great goodwill ambassador.

The two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (known as Shakira) has visited the cyclone Sidr-ravaged region and Rajshahi in Bangladesh as an Unicef goodwill ambassador. The visit was not widely publicized by Unicef. (details in

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“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,”


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