Bombino raises his guitar to support uprooted children
UNICEF announced today the collaboration of internationally renowned Niger's musician, Omara "Bombino" Moctar, for a music video in support of migrant, refugee and displaced children.
Niamey (NIGER), 18 December 2018 – On the 18th December, International Migrants Day, his song, Adounia Idagh (This life), from his last album Deran, will accompany a young migrant during his journey through the Sahara Desert in search of the hope of finding a better and safer life.
’We want to greatly appreciate and congratulate Bombino for supporting UNICEF and children on the move around the world who are risking their lives looking for a better life’’ said Felicité Tchibindat, UNICEF Representative in Niger.
“Children on the move are, first and foremost, children. Regardless of who they are and where they come from, we should provide them with protection and care”.
Thanks to support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), UNICEF is helping migrant children have access to support, education and protection.
Niger is a major crossroads of migratory movements northwards towards Libya, Algeria and the Mediterranean and is a transition country for migrants to Lybia, asylum seekers (mostly from Sudan) and a source country for migrants to Algeria.
‘’I believe children who leave their homes can find the hope they need in the power of music. I wish to have the chance to share my joy of music with the young people who choose to take the route. That’s why today I support the children who are on the move. We are with you’’ said Bombino.
UNICEF supports the Government of Niger in providing timely, predictable and quality support to children transiting through, returning to Niger or at risk. UNICEF is working to reunite separated families, keep children learning, and ensure they benefit from basic social services.
“Children who are uprooted from their homes lose much more than the roof over their heads. Many lose family members, friends, safety and routines. Without any support, they risk losing their futures,” concludes Tchibindat.
Special thanks to the Cultural Association Galgadin-Matassa in Agadez, to all actors involved, and to the people of Agadez who made possible the production of this video.
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