New Interview | ANNA CATALDI
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Victoria Adelaide: In 1992, you went to Somalia for the first time as a humanitarian. The trip was inspired by your great friend Audrey Hepburn. Can you tell us what you remember the most from that unprecedented experience?
Mrs. Anna Cataldi:
It truly was a turning point in my life, something I had never experienced before. I was in Tuscany, and I saw some pictures of starving children in Somalia. I was horrified, so I called Audrey. Audrey was the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF; she told me that she was going to Somalia in September, and I wanted to go with her. She warned me about the difficulties of getting a visa to go there, but somehow I managed to go, hoping to join her and her companion. When I arrived in Mogadishu, she wasn’t there, and nobody could tell me where she was. I was working as a freelance journalist, and I was staying at the United Nations. So I left for Baidoa, a city in south-central Somalia where there were so many deaths; it was horrendous. Every morning we buried 400 or 500 people, they were dying in the street, they were dying absolutely everywhere. There were no volunteers or organizations there, just a few photographers; it was an absolute tragedy. I returned to Mogadishu for a little while; then, I fled to Italy. We have to keep in mind that Somalia was an Italian colony; therefore, Italy should have been aware and concerned about what was happening there, but that was not the case…

 

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Victoria Adelaide: Your new song Choir is on top of the charts. Can you tell us the story behind the song?
Guy Sebastian: It’s a song that came out of tragedy. The last time I was with Luke, I was touring the UK, and part of Europe, just me and Luke playing with and supporting an artist over there. We opened the show together and that’s very tough for me now in hindsight because it’s my last memory of Luke. We spent a lot of time together, hanging out in Scotland, in random cities, in the UK, but I never knew he was going through such a battle at the time. On my last phone call with him, he didn’t seem like himself. I spoke with him then I spoke to my wife and told her I felt something wasn’t right with Luke. I was in LA when I got the news that he had passed away. It was very hard. My wife and I have had to deal with suicide before. My wife’s brother took his own life; it was, and still is, a very tough thing to try to understand. I think it leaves everybody with a lot of questions. Choir is about not taking each other for granted and not waiting for the perfect opportunity to give someone a call, a hug, or just being there for them. The other night, I had all my brothers and friends over. We were in the bar having a drink together and then we formed a circle and said one thing that we loved about a person like, “You are very loyal,” or “You’re a very stand up person,” etc. Then it would go on to the next person. Everybody would say something about them and it was weirdly emotional. Usually, guys go to the pub and drink; we’re not really talkers or encouragers of each other. So this is a really nice thing that we did and I think guys need to do that a lot more...

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