Kathem El Saher denies fleeing to the US stressing his support for Iraq

Published April 15th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Iraqi singer Kathem El Saher denied circulating rumors that he belonged to the Iraqi opposition party and had fled to the US. After being away from the spotlight for some time, the singer had taken part in a March that called for support and solidarity towards his home country Iraq to prove to the world that he stands by his people and to put an end to all the lies that have sprouted about his position towards the war. 


According to the UAE based daily, Al Bayan, Kathem stressed that he is a part of Iraq and Iraq is his land, for he is in debt to it for his fame and popularity. He added that he had traveled to the US and held concerts that mostly included national songs about Iraq describing his loyalty to it. One of the songs which he had sung in the US was "Baghdad la Tata'alami" (Baghdad Don't Suffer). In the song, Kathem wanted to show the American public the real image of the Iraqi people which is opposite of what they have learned from false propaganda that shows the Iraqi people as sheep herders with weapons in their hands. Kathem added that this is also the image the West has of all Arabs. 


Kathem revealed that the sponsors of his concerts in the US had requested he not sing the song "Baghdad la Tata'alami", but he refused wanting to bring out the truth. He had made it clear that if he doesn't sing the song, he will pullout of the concerts, which led the sponsors to accept the inclusion of the song but with some alterations to some of the words. Kathem had accepted their terms but once he was on stage he ignored all previous agreements and sang the songs without any deletion displaying the suffering the US had brought on his people and land. 


Earlier this month, Al Saher had called on all artists in Egypt and from around the Arab world to take part in a march in Cairo to show solidarity and support for the Iraqi people. The march proved to be a successful one with so many singers and actors participating in addition to the speeches given that struck straight to the heart.  


Kathem gave a speech which put everyone in tears, it was like bullets wanting to hit the enemy that has turned his home country, Iraq, into a living torture killing his people and destroying everything in their way. The singer's words were full of hatred towards the US and Britain and held consolation and love for his people. Kathem expressed that he might be present in body now but his soul and heart are in Iraq and in agony at not knowing what has happened to his family for there ceased to be any means of communications due to the reckless enemy. 


Kathem had also began recording a new song "Atfal Al Iraq Al Hazina Bi Ai Thanb Yuktaloon" (Children of the heartbreaking Iraq, for what fault are they being killed) in Cairo written by Egyptian poet Farouq Juwaideh. Kathem expressed that ever since war broke out in Iraq, he was eagerly searching for a way to express his devotion and solidarity with his people. 


A new duet "We Want Peace" has also been released over the Internet for the Iraqi singer and African American singer Lenny Kravitz, adding to the large collection of new singles sung by singers worldwide calling for world peace and security. Kravitz launched the song, which was recorded in Maiami Florida, during Kathem's tour of the United States, on the American national association website "Rock the Foot" that encourages involvement of the young generation in politics. –Albawaba.com  

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