"Arab Idol" joins call for a better future in Gaza

Singer Mohammad Assaf crossed from Gaza to Egypt before going on to win the TV talent show in 2013. He’s now Goodwill Ambassador for UNWRA. Photo: UNRWA

Mohammed Assaf might not be a household name in the West, but to millions of people in the Middle East, he's a hero.

That's because the 25-year-old singer risked everything when he escaped from Gaza to take part in Arab Idol, a, Egyptian TV talent show, which he ended up winning.

Now a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN's Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Assaf is in Geneva to raise awareness about its work at a one-off concert.

Just ahead of his interview, Assaf was spotted by at least one admirer outside his hotel, so Daniel Johnson began by asking him how the encounter went.

With thanks to UNRWA's Raheek Rinawi-Ador who provided the translation.

Duration: 6’18″

 

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