With the war in Ukraine ongoing, many people have been reaching out to do what they can to help the Ukrainian people, Amon Amarth vocalist Johan Hegg and his wife being among those providing assistance.
During a recent episode of No Fuckin’ Regrets – Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn’s podcast – the Amon Amarth frontman spoke to him and his wife taking in Ukrainian refugees.
“Obviously what’s happening in Ukraine is horrible. Me and my wife, we took in a Ukrainian family. We have two Ukrainian women and their children living with us. A lot of people in Sweden have been doing that. It needs to be done. Over 10 million people in Ukraine are refugees, and almost 4 million of them are refugees in Europe now. So obviously they need somewhere to stay.”
Hegg also spoke to Amon Amarth donating money, using funds raised by auctioning off old and rare Amon Amarth merch.
“Obviously it’s terrible. It’s the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, but we also feel that it’s important not to forget that there are other war zones in the world with loads of refugees. So we decided that we would donate the proceeds [from recent auctions involving rare Amon Amarth merch] to the UNHCR [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees], which is the UN refugee program, and Doctor’s Without Borders.
“But also since [my wife and I] are big animal lovers, we decided to donate to the International Fund for Animals Welfare. Especially for the situation in Ukraine, where a lot of pets and farm animals are suffering right now and also need our help.”
What Hegg, his wife, and the band have been doing to help the Ukrainian people is just incredible. You can find the conversation between Hegg and Flynn below. You will also find links involving other metal artists who have helped out the Ukrainian people.
Words by: Michael Pementel