At Eurovision 2016 she recounted her family’s emotional history and the horrors of the forced deportation of Crimean Tartars by Joseph Stalin. And now, with her country under siege from Vladimir Putin and Russian troops, Jamala herself has been forced to leave her country.

On Monday she spoke with Israel’s KAN about her situation. Fans will appreciate the update that she and her two children are safe in Istanbul with Jamala’s sister.

Over the weekend Jamala shared a series of emotional Instagram posts that showed her and her two children crossing the border into Romania without her husband — who stayed behind to help with the war effort.

You can watch the KAN interview below. We’ve transcribed it after the Twitter embed. 

Where are you joining us from?

I arrived in Istanbul to my sister in this night. 

When did you decide to leave Ukraine?

I decided to leave Ukraine, Kyiv, on February 24 in the evening when explosions were heard near to my house. We decided to go with my children to Western Ukraine — to Ternopil, and maybe Lviv. There we spent a night in a village [with] some people. We thought about staying there and waiting for some time [to see if] the situation clears up.

In the morning, 26th of February, I heard Russian fall in the Ternopil airport…

Were you afraid Russian forces would target you specifically because they know who you are?

I don’t know any confidence in everything. Even in 2016 when I went in Eurovision with my song “1944”, it was different. All in the Russia there was big information campaign against my family. I don’t feel safe now.

Now you feel safe?

I don’t know. Maybe. Because you know, I saw some lists or some rumours about there are people who has some list with persons who are [targets].

 
 
 
 
 
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You think you were one of the targets?

I don’t know. I told you that. There is no confidence in anything because I was at my home and I didn’t know that we were in this situation.

Who did you leave behind in Kyiv?

I left my husband and [his father]. 

They wanted to stay?

They help to mothers and kids to cross the border.

What do you think about the decision to ban Russia from the Eurovision?

I think it’s a right decision. In general any protest is a good. In this case, Eurovision is a big significant international contest. It will definitely be meaning something to them. I thank Eurovision for this decision.

But is this enough?

No.

What are your expectations from the international community?

First I expect from the international community that they will not be [indifferent].

During this time I was simply shocked how people from different parts of the world write me your phone numbers, address, and they offered to help. They gave so much love to me personally. It’s amazing, really.

Do you think you’ll be able to return to Kyiv soon?

Of course. of course. We don’t have any choice to lose our country. It’s insane. It’s insane really.

We hope you can do it soon.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for writing about this situation. It’s really important. 

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Jake
Jake
5 months ago

Better Jamala don”t tell she is half Armenian at Turkey.She will not be so welcomed by Turks

baili Atha gloo
baili Atha gloo
5 months ago

Oh thank God shes safe. But I’m not so happy either
My mother and father are still stuck there

LMN
LMN
5 months ago

She is guilty of this situation. She should shut up.

Pancake
Pancake
5 months ago
Reply to  LMN

Go turn off your internet and crawl back to the basement where you should be.

NickC
NickC
5 months ago
Reply to  LMN

Yet another Russian troll. You are not part of internationsl community anymore, feel free to leave the chat

Irishfan
Irishfan
5 months ago

I think that the situation in Ukraine has burst the Eurovision bubble and everything else. After 2 years of pandemic it is hard to believe that something like this is unfolding. God bless them all and their children.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
5 months ago

Jamala winning over Kirkorov’s boy and his tedious screen back in Stockholm will always be one of the greatest moments in the contest’s history.

Mark
Mark
5 months ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

She won over Dami Im, Sergey wasn’t even close.

mark dowd
mark dowd
5 months ago
Reply to  Mark

30 odd votes was close enough after his 361 televote haul..

LMN
LMN
5 months ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

ESC is not politics. She politized the contest with her dreadful song attacking the Russians. She should have been disqualified for double reasons, for political messages and for releasing her song in a concert before the date. EBU is accomplice of this war, and Jamala is one of the secondary causes.

NickC
NickC
5 months ago
Reply to  LMN

Omg. She won fair and score. And you really dare to talk about someone attacking Russians?? Neither Jamala nor Ukraine is the aggressor here, and they were not in 1944 either

Blumencool
Blumencool
5 months ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Sergey isn’t Kirkorov’s boy anymore. He ended his career after signing a declaration against Putin and the war. It seems that he has to leave the country.

Gekko
Gekko
5 months ago

I felt so sad to see Jamala with her kids fleeing on foot to the Romanian border on Instagram. Without make up, with casual clothes, with tears in her eyes, while few days prior we saw her dancing in Vidbir. Heartbreaking

Addie
Addie
5 months ago

Now I’m able to see Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente in a different light. Thank you Fabrizio & Ermal. Let us all give a minute of silence for all the poor innocent people who lost their lives in this horrible war. Curse you, Putin. I send my love to all Ukrainians <3

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
5 months ago

Breaking: She just held a press conference in Istanbul , she said :
”I never thought that i would come to Turkey as a refugee.I never thought i would relieve my grandmother’s history.”
”Fortunately i have a house in Turkey , I have an older sister. I feel at home.Of course I want to go back to my own home and i hope this process will end soon and everyone will go home.
She thanks again to all the people of Turkey.
Video of the press conferance is available at Twitter @Eurovisn_Turkey

Last edited 5 months ago by Bombalurina
Bombalurina
Bombalurina
5 months ago
Reply to  Bombalurina

she continues : ”At 6 am on February 26 , we awoke to the sounds of bombs again, because the nearby airport was being bombed. Then we decided to go towards the border and came to the Romanian border.When we reached the border , the Turks saved us.”
The person here in the comments still blaming Turkey you should be ashemed of yourself

Hada
Hada
5 months ago

All my love to Jamala and every Ukrainian, including those who are part of the Eurovision family, in these difficult times.

Oy oy
Oy oy
5 months ago

Anyone wanting to join me in downloading «We Don’t Wanna Put In» with Stephane & 3G (disqualified entry from Georgia 2009), making it rise on the charts? (Spotify , iTunes, etc)?

Im so fab
Im so fab
5 months ago

Since 2016, whenever there is an article about Jamala, it is about politics. Makes you think….

Rich
Rich
5 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Does Putin pay you in Roubles or Bitcoin?

Im so fab
Im so fab
5 months ago
Reply to  Rich

In Bitcoin. Roubles’ worth is going downhill.

Hada
Hada
5 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Damn Jamala, inconveniencing our entertainment by *checks notes* being a refugee

Last edited 5 months ago by Hada
Im so fab
Im so fab
5 months ago
Reply to  Hada

I didn’t say she is wrong. Of course she is in big trouble right now. I just stated a fact. Grow up everyone.

Edgar
Edgar
5 months ago

-How political do you want Eurovision 2022 to be?
-Yes.

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
5 months ago
Reply to  Edgar

Politics were happening a month ago. Now you got people dying under thermobaric bombs. This is not politics but being human.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

really sad to see her from performing, making appearances for events in Kyiv, then judging in Vidbir and then fleeing the war. So heartbreaking and it just shows you that like is so unpredictable. Yesterday was Syria, today is Ukraine, who knows tomorrow. No one is safe and we should protect people and protest against this war and aggresion.

By the way, Turkey has been very neutral with this war and they did not sanction Putin’s regime or any of the oligarchs. I guess for them money is above people.

Helena
Helena
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

They did the same to Cyprus, but no sanctions for them!

Pancake
Pancake
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I heard Turkey is now blocking Russian ships from crossing the Dardanelles and the Bosporus.

Lyudmyla
Lyudmyla
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Neutral ? What you’re doing here is unfair they literally did help more than any of you.. Check out Jamala’s profile or Ukrainian President’s twitter maybe you would be ashemed of yourself when you see how much thankful they are

Jake
Jake
5 months ago
Reply to  Lyudmyla

Turkey has good relations both with Russia and Ukraine.Not sanctioning Russia shows Turkey is neutral

Malin
Malin
5 months ago

I which there were some way to support the Ukraine delegation financially. Some way to give them the best opportunity to sent their act. I’d be happy if someone held some kind of collection from us the ESC fans to donate to the Ukraine delegation. Much as a symbolic action.
love, love, peace, peace from Sweden

Last edited 5 months ago by Malin
Lyudmyla
Lyudmyla
5 months ago

My heart is breaking
https://www.savethechildren.org/us/where-we-work/ukraine please donate
you have no idea how it feels like to leave your loved ones please help

Eva
Eva
5 months ago

SAVE UKRAINE. STOP WAR! FREE RUSSIA AND BELARUS!
People of these 3 countries don’t deserve this.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Eva

People in belarus and russia should fight against the dictators.

JSU12
JSU12
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I hope they do find courage to overthrow their dictators. They need people on the inside to step up.

Ana
Ana
5 months ago

People hated her for “being political”. She was simply telling the truth that people didn’t want to hear. Now it’s pointless to pretend that “everything’s fine”.

Last edited 5 months ago by Ana
Ray
Ray
5 months ago
Reply to  Ana

She was completely in the wrong to do that. She asked Maruv a ridiculously politically charged question in the most inappropriate setting and caused unnecessary issues for her which basically resulted in her not being able to compete at Eurovision. I sympathise with what’s going on now but she was still totally in the wrong to do that to Maruv. .

Ana
Ana
5 months ago
Reply to  Ray

You are invited to go and f*^k yourself in your flat little as*. Really, if after all this woman and her people are going through you are still being petty about that Maruv question, I have nothing nicer to say to you.

Ray
Ray
5 months ago
Reply to  Ana

You are a disgusting individual and you deserve every pain known to man. I really hope you get hit by a bus you nasty cu^t

Eglutt
Eglutt
5 months ago
Reply to  Ray

is there a way to remove a troll in this chat?

Ana
Ana
5 months ago
Reply to  Ray

By the hysterical response I guess that as* is REALLY flat indeed. That was a shot in the dark but I see I it hit in the most painful place. Thank you for making me laugh during those complicated times.

Last edited 5 months ago by Ana
Por no estar
Por no estar
5 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Childeren broke the internet safety password

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
5 months ago

I hope that one day she comes back to eurovision and writes about her own personal experience.

Sebastian
Sebastian
5 months ago

That’s so sad. I always do the joke with Jamala’s sentence, but this is not the time.

Stay strong Ukraine! My thoughts are with you =)

Helena
Helena
5 months ago

Unpopular opinion
Next year Jamala will ask ‘Is Kiev Ukraine?’

NickC
NickC
5 months ago
Reply to  Helena

You are really disgusting.

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
5 months ago
Reply to  Helena

You’re a vile human being.

Ana
Ana
5 months ago
Reply to  Helena

I will be asking if you are alive, I hope I will get no answer from you back.

Rall
Rall
5 months ago
Reply to  Helena

A horrible comment and equally horrible responses. The human race is just horrible. YOU ARE ALL VILE.

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
5 months ago
Reply to  Rall

Is this comment and the answers in the same level of evilness for you? Then you are vile as well.

NickC
NickC
5 months ago

We are honored to host you in Turkey, Jamala.

Rich
Rich
5 months ago

I hope this helps people understand why Jamala asked Maruv if Crimea is Ukraine, and also stops any jokes about it.

MPsci
MPsci
5 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Those with some brain will understand the level of repercussion some minorities in Ukraine have faced. Imagine them in WW2!

PP77
PP77
5 months ago
Reply to  MPsci

Some minorites support Germans during WW2.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Yes we get it but it was the wrong way to do it on live TV. It was the broadcaster’s job to examine if every act was ready to represent Ukraine and whether they had any ties with Russia but it wasn’t jamala’s job as a judge.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
5 months ago

Good to know Jamala and her family is safe. Hopefully she can return home soon to join her husband.

Azuro
Azuro
5 months ago

“My father’s husband”

How progressive

Jim
Jim
5 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

Maybe she meant her husband’s father.

Amor Amankwah
Amor Amankwah
5 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

I think she was speaking about her father in law

kir
kir
5 months ago

The 1944 crime against humanity story flared up by the 2014 war outbreak is now overlayed by the 2022 atrocious bloodbath.

Forgive us, Ukraine and Ukrainian people, for letting Putin be a new Stalin-like murderer.

Oskar
Oskar
5 months ago

Hi, just a quick revision here – I think she said Ternopil, not Chernobyl. Ternopil is in the west of Ukraine, whereas Chernobyl is north and currently occupied by Russia. I also doubt they have a functioning airport in Chernobyl. Otherwise – thanks for writing out everything she said!

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
5 months ago

My friend from Afghanistan is there too. He currently stays one of the most beautiful cities in the world but he still hears imaginary bomb voices in his head and can’t get over what he went through in his country. Wars are the worst.
Praying for Ukraine , god bless all of you. Wishing peace for the whole world.

Last edited 5 months ago by Bombalurina
Addie
Addie
5 months ago
Reply to  Bombalurina

I’m sorry that you all have to experience all this. I send my love <3

Park Shin Hye
Park Shin Hye
5 months ago

Thank you Turkey for always opening your arms for the victims ,showing them a warm welcome and being a safe place for them. And they are preparing to close their bosphorus to Russia , thank you for bravely standing with Ukraine.God bless
Let’s pray for Ukraine , i believe these days will pass and everything will be good again.

Sim
Sim
5 months ago
Reply to  Park Shin Hye

lol. 😀 they opened their warm arms for armenian genocide´s victims as well, you think?

Last edited 5 months ago by Sim
NickC
NickC
5 months ago
Reply to  Sim

First of all, that was Ottoman Empire. Not Turkey.

Kohen
Kohen
5 months ago
Reply to  Sim

The Ottoman Empire and Turkey is not the same thing since Turkey was founded in 1923, you better read some books.

JSU12
JSU12
5 months ago

Dear Lord, why will no one jump in and stop this madness! He will not use nucs. If he does, he has nothing left to conquer.

Giorgio
Giorgio
5 months ago

Stay strong Jamala! I am praying for your country and your family.

Kohen
Kohen
5 months ago

God bless all war victims… I hope that she stays safe with her children

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago

She looks AWFUL, BROKEN. Sad to hear her husband’s out fighting…she’s left alone with her children.

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
5 months ago

I feel awful for her being a target. I hope she remains safe.