UNRWA Spanish Committee to hold World Refugee Day Gaza Solidarity Concert in Madrid

06 June 2012

6 June 2012

The Spanish Committee for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWAce) will hold a benefit concert in solidarity with the Palestine refugee children of the Gaza Strip on 20 June – World Refugee Day.

All proceeds from the concert will support the UN Agency’s work in Gaza, as the Israeli blockade of the coastal strip enters its sixth year.

Joining forces on stage at the 800-person capacity Sala Arena in Madrid will be renowned singer-songwriters Ismael Serrano, Pedro Guerra, Carlos Chaouen, Marwan, Luis Ramiro, Andrés Suárez, Lucas, and Sheila Blanco. All artists will perform for free.

Ticket-holders will be treated to performances including last year’s ‘Luces Errantes‘ (Stray Lights), a joint project by Ismael Serrano and UNRWAce featuring students from the prestigious Edward Said National Conservatory in Ramallah. The benefits of that song have contributed towards improving the situation of thousands of children in Gaza.

Today, Palestinian refugees represent one-third of the world‘s refugees: among them, the child population is the most vulnerable.

How to help?

Tickets can be purchased here: www.conciertosolidario.org

For anyone who is unable to attend but wishes to show their support, a dedicated bank account has been set up:

Name of Organization: UNRWA Comité Español
Bank Account: 2100 2262 14 02 00346635
IBAN: ES09 2100 2262 1402 0034 6635

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 100 million.

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