Kurdish pop star Helly Luv has taken on the ISIS with her music, using songs as “weapons.” Her father once fought for the Peshmerga, the force that battle extremist groups today.
Helen Abdullah (Helly Luv), was born in northern Iran in 1988 during a war with Iraq.
Her song “Revolution” has become a huge hit. The video was filmed only 2.5 km away from ISIS territories and ever since then, the terrorists have been on the lookout for her, as she is apparently giving out a disgraceful image of Muslim women. They have even sent her death threats, but the unbeatable Luv is not afraid.
"As an artist my weapon is not guns, my weapon is my music," she said. "If I can fight against them with my music, then my song is as powerful as or more powerful than their weapons."
"I'm going against the most dangerous terrorist group in the whole world but I feel that there are thousands of people risking their lives against them on the battlefield," she told NBC News from northern Iraq. "If my life is at risk but I can get the message to millions of people then that is a privilege."
She now has millions of fans supporting her and her courage:
I am totally in awe of this courageous woman, Helly Luv, who is on most wanted list of ISIS for her songs... https://t.co/mzCaRJda75— Chief of Sufi Staff (@shumail_z) May 24, 2016
Helly Luv sings about independence and fighting ISIS... no American pop star is even close to that level of balls— ?? (@MattElsevier) May 23, 2016
I highly suggest supporting the artist @HellyLuv !! She is a middle eastern singer that has started a fight against Isis. She is amazing!!??— Bay (@Heybaybay13) May 22, 2016
@HellyLuv is on ISIS' most wanted list. Shes beautiful & using her music to stand up to terrorists. WHEN WILL YOUR FAVES EVERRRR— tama toa 7/27 (@dinaheity) May 22, 2016