Home is where the heart is

GEORGIAN-BORN singer Katie Melua said on Friday she was heartbroken at watching her country being ‘torn to pieces’ and voiced fears for the safety of her family who are visiting the area.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sun 17 Aug 2008, 10:09 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:50 PM

Melua, 23, whose family moved from Tbilisi to Northern Ireland when she was eight, said she felt ‘naked, isolated and angry’ as she watched events unfold on TV while on tour in Germany.

The singer of the 2005 worldwide hit ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ wrote on her website: ‘I’m sitting in a hotel room in Germany in the middle of my summer tour with (the TV news) telling me that my home country is being torn to pieces.

Throughout this week I haven’t been able to stop watching the news. I’ve never seen it like this before, it’s never made me feel so naked, isolated and angry.’

Melua’s mother Tamari and 16-year-old brother Zurab had been prevented from catching a flight back to Britain after Russian forces advanced into Georgia following fighting in the breakaway province of South Ossetia.

She said she was concerned that Russian troops remained in positions around the Georgian city of Gori, preventing her family members from travelling to the capital.

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