Rapper M.I.A. has accused the Sri Lankan government of launching a sinister campaign to oversee her movements and "ban" her from returning to her native Britain. The "Paper Planes" hitmaker, whose family is of Sri Lankan origin, arrived back in her home country in March after 18 months living in Los Angeles, and claims she encountered numerous problems with her travel documents.
She is convinced officials in Sri Lanka deliberately sabotaged her plans to fly back to the U.K. by "pulling the strings" after she criticized the government and accused authorities in the country of "genocide" during the Asian nation's lengthy civil war. The rapper, real name Maya Arulpragasam, fears she is now on a list of international terror suspects and is adamant she has been spied on and that her email and Twitter accounts have been hacked into.
She tells British rock mag NME, "People used to come and park outside my house in L.A. I felt so powerless... I'm living f**king proof that politics doesn't work. Every time I breathe it's documented on my computer, and yet I'm still on some stupid list somewhere that says I'm a terrorist."
Earlier this year, M.I.A. told her followers on Twitter of her ongoing struggle to return to Britain, writing, "Banned from leaving the U.S., family banned from coming to U.S. to see me, baby."