LONDON - Award-winning Muslim signer Maher Zain has raised almost US $5m through charity concerts for Human Appeal, which works in Syria, in the largest fundraising concert of its kind to hit the UK.
â€śI am really happy I got the chance to be one of this,â€ť pop star Zain told the BBC at the backstage at his concert in London, BBC reported on Tuesday, November 12.
â€śI was really happy and I was waiting to have the opportunity to go to Syria to see for myself.
â€śI know I did not see the worst parts but still I saw the refugee camps, I saw the schools, I saw a 12-year-old girl who lost her leg.â€ť
Zain, a Muslim Swedish R&B singer, songwriter and music producer of Lebanese origin was one of the Muslim artists who participated in the fundraising campaign in UK.
The Sounds of Light 2013, organized by British international development and relief charity Human Appeal, held charity concerts in 12 cities across the UK and Ireland.
The events have raised about $5 million (3.1 million UK pounds) to support the relief efforts in Syria.
The concerts took place between Oct. 23 and Nov. 3 and included charity dinners in Glasgow, Sheffield, Leicester and Bolton, with lively and entertaining evenings.
Before the concerts, Zain visited Syrian refugee camps with representatives of Human Appeal.
â€śI am really happy I got the change to go to tell people myself how itâ€™s over there
â€śI went to the hospitals of course I saw some wounded people. This is something that touches and hurt you,â€ť he added.
The UK had seen weekly activities supporting the Syrian people since the beginning of the crisis over two years ago.
Along with Zain, the latest tour was attended by singer-songwriter Raef (USA) and Harris J (UK).
Suring the visit, Zain wanted to tell Syrians that Muslims worldwide were supporting their fight for freedom.
â€śWe are trying to convey a message, we are trying to reach out to the Syrian people
We want to tell them we are behind you we support you. This is what we (Human Appeal) are doing here.â€ť
Last week, Othman Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal, said the money raised in the event will go to five specified projects.
â€śThe first project is to build a camp for the displaced inside Syria on the border with Turkey. The second project will support three schools because of the educational problem now,â€ť ,â€ť Moqbel told Al Arabiya News.
â€śThe third project is related to healthcare and helping fight diseases. The fourth project concerns distributing bread flour and the the fifth project concerns distributing milk for children.â€ť
He also posted a statement on www.soundsoflight.org saying that since the 2012 concert, the charity has been working inside Syria.
â€śWeâ€™ve fed over 10 million people â€“ providing essential flour and food packs, established schools and hospitals inside Syria. Weâ€™ve delivered live-saving medical aid and set up durable solid shelter for the internally displaced people and refugees.â€ť
More than 93,000 people have been killed in two years of fighting between Assadâ€™s regime and opposition fighters in Syria.
The fighting has forced more than one million Syrians to flee their home to neighboring countries in addition to the displacement of two millions others inside the country.
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