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Tsunami disaster – countries in crisis

MTV Asia Aid: International stars rally to support tsunami victims

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Children laugh while watching a show put on by an entertainment troupe from Bangkok. In Thailand, most children have returned to school.

NEW YORK, 3 February 2005 - A stunning line up of international stars joined Asian artists for MTV Asia Aid in Bangkok Thursday (3 February).

The three hour concert hosted by Alicia Keys included Ashanti, Enrique Iglesias, Keane, Jackie Chan and Rio Ferdinand, Good Charlotte, Kelly Clarkson and Simple Plan.

Jennifer Lopez appeared in a pre-recorded performance and Sting, 50 Cent, Nelly, Green Day, Moby, Ronan Keating and Ricky Martin provided taped messages of support.

MTV Asia transformed its annual awards show into the MTV Asia Aid benefit concert in order to support the ongoing relief effort in the Indian Ocean region.

UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy was a special guest at the event. "We are all here to help," she told the cheering crowd.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan encouraged viewers worldwide to give money to support the reconstruction effort.

In addition to being broadcast on the MTV network, MTV Asia Aid was available free of charge to all global broadcasters. The goal was to reach a potential television audience of a billion.

Because one third of tsunami deaths were children, UNICEF will be the main recipient of the money raised.

“The kind of attention that MTV can bring to the devastation faced by the millions of people affect by the tsunami is invaluable,” said UNICEF’s Director of Communications Sharad Sapra. “It’s important now, and it will become even more important in the future as the world community joins hands with governments, local communities and families to begin the long and arduous process of reconstruction and recovery.”

The concert, also featured top Asian stars Asha Bhosle, Jay Chou, Namie Amura and Tata Young, took place at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.



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