Bono and N'Dour to hold famine concert in Kenya

Wed Sep 7, 2011 11:14am EDT
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By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Sept 7 (AlertNet) - Irish musician Bono and Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour are planning a global Olympic-style torch relay, culminating in a concert in Kenya in 2012 to raise funds and awareness about the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

"We are launching an initiative called New Africa, including African countries and friends of Africa, starting with the ideas of the youth," N'Dour told a news conference Wednesday, a day after visiting the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya.

"The youth are the future of our continent," he said.

Dadaab in northern Kenya is home to some 427,000 Somali refugees fleeing famine and war. Hundreds of Somalis are dying each day with 750,000 facing imminent starvation, the United Nations said Monday.

N'Dour said he will hold a competition for young people to design a "solidarity torch" which will tour the world from September until February.

As part of the relay, there will be events in each participating country to support the campaign, including the African Nations Cup soccer tournament to be held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in 2012.

Bono and N'Dour have previously campaigned together at the G8 for debt relief and against HIV/AIDS and malaria.

"(Bono) called me to tell me... 'You can count on me because I'm a friend of Africa and I'm going to support you completely'," said N'Dour.   Continued...

<p>Bono, lead singer of Irish band U2, performs on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton</p>