Yusuf Islam Releases Song for the Children of Gaza

26 January 2009

26 January 2009

East Jerusalem

Renowned musician Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) today released a charity song from which all proceeds will be donated to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Save the Children to aid children and families in the Gaza Strip.

The new recording of the song ‘The day the world gets round‘, originally recorded by George Harrison, features Yusuf on vocals and Klaus Voorman, known to many as the fifth Beatle, on bass.

Yusuf explained that he hoped the song will “help remind people of the immense legacy of love, peace and happiness we can share when we get round to looking at mankind’s futile wars and prejudices, and start to change our foolish ways.”

UNRWA welcomes this generous donation which will help the Agency to continue its vital work in the Gaza Strip.

UNRWA has been operating in Gaza for 60 years. During the three-week Israeli offensive in Gaza, UNRWA was the biggest Humanitarian Agency operating on the ground. UNRWA provided over 50,000 civilians refuge in over 50 improvised shelters, mostly in its school buildings, and was the focal point for supply of humanitarian and medical aid to the Strip.

Now that a cease-fire is tentatively holding UNRWA is playing a leading role in recovery response as well as providing on-going education, health relief and social services. This includes providing schooling for over 196,000 children and food aid to over 750,000 refugees.

For more information please contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: +972-(0)54-240-2659
Office: +972-(0)2-589-0267

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Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

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

For more information, please contact:

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