- Title: 'Don't come close, coronavirus' - Palestinian sings to raise awareness in Hebron
- Date: 28th April 2020
- Summary: HEBRON, WEST BANK (APRIL 16, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN ARTIST, RAED ALSHYOUKHI, SAYING: "I am directing my efforts voluntarily to raise awareness in society about this disease which a lot of people in this society are underestimating. It is a really dangerous disease and spreads very fast and can hit any of us anytime." VARIOUS OF SHYOUKHI WRITING NEW SONG / SHYOUKHI SINGING WHILE HE WRITES DOWN LYRICS SHYOUKHI CHECKING SONG LYRICS WITH CHILDREN SHYOUKHI'S DAUGHTER LISTENING TO HIM SHYOUKHI'S DAUGHTER SETTING UP LOCATION TO FILM FATHER SHYOUKHI'S DAUGHTER FILMING HIM SINGING SHYOUKHI AND DAUGHTER CHECKING VIDEO (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN ARTIST, RAED ALSHYOUKHI, SAYING: "These videos were produced with simples technical tools, I call it the art of the poor, because we are using my mobile, my pen and my thoughts. Nothing more."
- Embargoed: 12th May 2020 12:28
- Keywords: COVID-19 Coronavirus Palestinians Prevention Songs
- Location: HEBRON, WEST BANK
- City: HEBRON, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Living / Lifestyle,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA003CBEP179
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A Palestinian musician in the occupied West Bank is writing uplifting tunes to help educate his community about the risks of the new coronavirus and encourage them to stay at home.
Raed Al-Shyoukhi has leaned on his 23 years of experience as a theatrical artist to write light and cheerful songs with titles such as "Sitting in my home", which he posts to Youtube multiple times per week.
The 51-year-old even wrote a song dedicated to Ibrahim Melhem, a Palestinian government spokesman who has given near-daily press conferences since the disease first surfaced in Bethlehem last month.
Hebron-based Shyoukhi said he is trying to raise awareness in society about this disease, which he believes many are underestimating.
His songs have garnered hundreds of views on Youtube and won him some local fans, including Nour Al-kadi, who says the songs particularly resonate with his children.
Palestinian officials in the West Bank have imposed strict coronavirus restrictions, confining Palestinians mostly to their homes since the outbreak began.
There have been two deaths and 342 cases of coronavirus in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
(Production: Yosri Al-Jamal, Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh, Rami Ayyub)
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