'Oprah, please help my people'

British-born singer MIA wants the US media's Oprah Winfrey to help her shed light on the "Sri Lankan government's attacks on civilians". The star was born in Britain to Sri Lankan parents. When she was a child her father returned to the Asian country and joined the fight for the creation of a separate Tamil state.

British-born singer MIA wants the US media's Oprah Winfrey to help her shed light on the "Sri Lankan government's attacks on civilians". The star was born in Britain to Sri Lankan parents. When she was a child her father returned to the Asian country and joined the fight for the creation of a separate Tamil state.

The battle between Tamil activists and government troops has descended into violence and MIA claims thousands of civilians have died in bombing raids.

She met Winfrey at a recent event to honour Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People - and has now taken to her MySpace.com page to ask her new pal for help to save her homeland.

The Paper Planes hitmaker writes: "She (Oprah) squeezed my hand so hard I was convinced she cared. Michelle Obama gave a speech so I didn't get to throw a paper plane at her saying "stop the bombing of the Tamils in Sri Lanka".

"I'm not sure about my influence but .if I do have any influence, I wish I could get the media to spotlight this ... (violence). - Wenn

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