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Tsunami disaster – countries in crisis

MTV Asia Aid a huge success

© MTV Bangkok/2005
Alicia Keys poses for her fans

NEW YORK, 3 February 2005 – Eleven thousand cheering fans watched their favourite stars perform in Bangkok today as part of a benefit to assist the tsunami relief effort in Asia.

‘MTV Asia Aid’ was hosted by Alicia Keys and featured a glittering array of Asian and international stars.

Slank, Rain, Hoobastank, Good Charlotte, Jay Chou, Asha Bhosle, Kelly Clarkson and Namie Amuro were among those who performed live.

Stars who recorded messages urging the worldwide television audience to support the relief and reconstruction effort included Jackie Chan, Sting, Moby, Enrique Iglesias, Bryan Adams, Ashanti, Ricky Martin, 50 Cent, Jennifer Lopez, Robbie Williams, and Franz Ferdinand. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan also lent his voice through a message of support.

© MTV Bangkok/2005
Hoobastank on the red carpet

In addition to the performances, the crowd also viewed specially recorded features on the tsunami provided by CNN.

Because children were especially hard hit by the natural disaster, UNICEF was the chief beneficiary of the concert.

“The MTV Asia AID benefit was an extraordinary achievement,” said UNICEF spokesperson Liza Barrie. “UNICEF is proud to have been part of this major effort to involve young people in supporting the tsunami recovery and reconstruction effort.”

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

© MTV Bangkok /2005
Rain with his Thai hosts

Ms. Bellamy will visit Thailand’s tsunami-affected region on Friday with Bill Roedy, MTV Networks International President and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.

Up to a third of those killed by the tsunami were children. Many of the children who survived have lost one or both of their parents.

UNICEF’s reconstruction effort is focusing on the more than one million children who survived, reuniting them with their families, helping to get schools re-equipped and running, and protecting children from exploitation.




3 February 2004:
Stars raise money for tsunami relief

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