Days before the U.S. election, the Colombian star penned a call to action.
Shakira has long been a very vocal advocate of social justice, from her very own Pies Descalzos Foundation, which supports children in underserved communities, to being a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. In the past several months, she has also lent her voice to drive a “Get out and vote” message and has posted frequently and pointedly on social media, focusing on specific issues close to her.
The latest is a powerful essay published today (Oct. 30) by Time Magazine. The essay shines a light on the children that have been separated from their parents and detained at the U.S. border with no resolution or family reunion in sight.
“The Parents of 545 Children Are Missing, and the Silence Is Dangerous,” reads the headline of the piece, which gets into the facts of a situation where parents simply cannot be found. Perhaps more compelling, it addresses the issue through the lens of Shakira’s experience as a mother and as the daughter of immigrants.