Afghan “Oprah” Helps Heal Country’s Wounds

July 16, 2010  |  

She’s a Hot celebrity with millions of fans, including U.S. President Barack Obama…now, she the Afghan Oprah?

With flashy music videos and a performance at the White House this past March, Mozhdah is a singing sensation and a model. And her latest achievement is becoming the host of a popular – though controversial – television talk show.

But if you don’t know who she is, you’re probably not an Afghan.

Mozhdah Jamalzadah is an Afghan superstar in a country still struggling with war and a battle between ideologies and cultures.

Born in Kabul, Mozhdah was only five when her family fled to Canada.

“When I was growing up, my parents were like, ‘don’t ever forget where you’re from. And don’t ever forget your people because you’re one of the lucky ones,'” she says. And she didn’t forget.

The singer, in her mid-twenties, came back to Kabul seven-months ago where she is now caught between two very different worlds. “I was an emotional mess when I came here and I realized I might not want to go back (to Canada).,” she says sitting inside an armored vehicle driving along the streets of Kabul.

“But then I have my life over there too,” she says reminiscing about her family and friends in Canada.

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