Concerned business leaders and celebrities are joining hands with humanitarians and the general public tonight to help provide a better future for refugees everywhere through the Voices of Refugees concert.
The event is being taped live at the Ciputra Artpreneur this evening and will be aired by Metro TV on 24 September, thanks to the charitable efforts of the Media Group.
Ms. Noor Sabah, wife of the Norwegian Ambassador in Indonesia is involved as an organizer and patron of the concert. This marks the third year she has been helping to put together similar benefit concerts for humanitarian causes in Indonesia. In addition, this year’s Voice of Refugees concert has received the generous support of prominent Indonesian corporations such as Tahir Foundation, and the Media Group.
Funds that are mobilized in connection with the concert will help UNHCR meet the urgent humanitarian and other needs of refugees, including shelter, health care, education and social services. Everyone who wants to help is encouraged to donate through UNHCR’s Indonesia Website at donate.unhcr.org. Donations can also be made at www.nobodyleftoutside.org, which would contribute towards UNHCR’s campaign to provide shelter for at least 2 million refugees by 2018. Donations are needed now more than ever as the world is witnessing a record number of people being forced from their homes due to war and persecution. By the end of 2015, over 65 million people were forcibly displaced around the world. That is the highest number we have seen since World War II, and it includes over 20 million refugees, 51 percent of whom are children.
“The Government and the people of Indonesia have shown their generosity in the face of this global crisis when last year thousands of people stranded on boats abandoned by smugglers in South East Asian waters were rescued. You can once again show your generosity by donating to UNHCR to help us help refugees,” said Thomas Vargas, UNHCR Representative in Indonesia. “Every donation you make, will make a difference in the life of so many people in need,” he added.
Ms. Noor Sabah arrived in Norway as a refugee from Afghanistan in 1986. She is a Bio-technology Engineer who has worked with humanitarian organizations in Norway, and as a translator for refugees and asylum-seekers.
The Voice of Refugees engages a diverse group of people with different backgrounds. With support from various Indonesian artists and the Media Group, the Voice of Refugees concert this year is an essential platform to raise funds and awareness of the needs of refugees. “Media Group wants to go beyond stating the sympathy to the refugees and we want to make a big difference. By organizing and airing this benefit concert, we hope that we can touch the heart of Indonesian viewers. This is just a small thing to help UNHCR to rebuild people’s lives. The Voice of Refugee Concert will be aired only on Metro TV, on Saturday, 24th of September 2016 from 8.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m,” said Kioen Moe, Programming and Development Director of Metro TV.
List of participating artists:
Ario Bayu, The Brothers, Cakra Khan, Elfa Secioria Children Choir, Gita Gutawa, Joe Taslim, Kafin, Nadya Hutagalung, Raline Shah, Rory Asyari and Vina Chandrawati.