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Concert to Benefit Sudan Refugees

November 12, 2004

LONDON (AP) _ Musicians including Chrissie Hynde, Mick Hucknall and Scottish band Franz Ferdinand will perform at a concert to benefit the people of Sudan’s war-torn Darfur province.

The Refugee Voices for Darfur concert at Royal Albert Hall on Dec. 8 will feature singers, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, performing the songs of Cole Porter, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Thursday.

Soprano Barbara Hendricks, disco diva Jocelyn Brown, singer Andrew Coleman and British R&B newcomer Lemar also will perform. Franz Ferdinand, one of Britain’s biggest bands, will play by video link from Mexico City.

Proceeds will go to help refugees who have fled their homes in Darfur during 21 months of violence. International officials say tens of thousands of people have been killed and some 1.8 million people forced from their homes.

Sudan’s Arab-dominated government and tribal militia who support it are accused of launching coordinated attacks on non-Arab farmers after two rebel groups rose up in February 2003. Sudan denies targeting civilians or having an alliance with the so-called Janjaweed militia.

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