Nas Helps The Children Of Africa With UNICEF

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Vibe / July 28, 2011

Nas has teamed up with The United Nations Children’s Fund and the family of late Beatles member George Harrison to lend his hand in helping children in trouble. With a mission to raise funds for children suffering in the drought affected region Horn of Africa, the Queens rapper and a variety of different musicians will participate in the “Month of Giving,” organized by George Harrison’s wife, Olivia Harris.

Fans all across the globe will celebrate the 40th anniversary of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s “Concert for Bangladesh,” which was the first major music benefit for a humanitarian cause.

Nas and various-genre artists such as Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Selena Gomez, The Go-Go’s, Jackson Browne and others will engage in conversation about the issue via social platforms Facebook, Twitter, and of course, live performances.

UNICEF is an organization missioned to benefit life saving programs for children in the African region where children are regularly forced into militias, or die of starvation and malnourishment.

“It’s deeply heartening to see how the compassion of musicians is handed down from generation to generation,” said Olivia Harrison, founder of the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. “In 1971 the crisis was in Bangladesh, today it’s the Horn of Africa. My thanks go out to all the musicians who have pledged their support.”

As of July 27th, the George Harrison fund for UNICEF is immediately releasing $1 million for the relief effort to benefit more than 2 million children who are malnourished, and another half a million for those at risk of death if medical assistance is continued to be ignored.—Shabazz

For more information visit http://www.theconcertforbangladesh.com.