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WORLD MUSIC PERSONALITIES COME TOGETHER TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR CHILDREN IN CONFLICT ZONES
A music video featuring world music personalities has been launched as part of the EU Children for Peace initiative, which funds humanitarian projects for children growing up in conflict regions. The song Rêver ("Dreaming") was composed especially for the project by Senegalese star musician Wasis Diop, who also sings in the video and by Olivier Delevingne, co-author & music artistic producer. Other renowned performers include Joseph from Chico & the Gypsies, Chris Mayne, composer and percussionist Steve Shehan, violinist Anne Gavroin and the chorus Les Voisins du dessus. The choreography was especially created for the song by Reya de la Vega.
As part of the initiative, the EU provided children benefitting from the EU Children of Peace initiative the opportunity to get involved in, perform and film a choreographed song and dance based on an original melody, while adding their own cultural touch.
Children who participated to the project come from a number of regions affected by conflict – South Sudan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia and Ecuador - have reproduced the song and choreography. The children's take on the song will be integrated into the video and this new version will be released to the media on the International Day of Peace, 21 September.
The EU Children of Peace initiative was established in 2012 from the prize money that the EU received with Nobel Peace Prize 2012. It is now a permanent legacy project of the EU, thanks to continued funding and commitment from the European Commission and its Member States. Austria and Luxembourg, for example, have contributed directly to the initiative.
The humanitarian projects funded under this EU initiative address a severely underfunded sector: education in emergencies. This is largely due to life-saving emergency relief often taking priority over education and other needs during a crisis. Over one billion children live in countries affected by conflict. They are especially vulnerable to the fallout of war. The release of the video aims to make the world aware of these children’s plight, particularly their lack of access to education.