Panama collects more than 7,000 dollars to support Syrian children

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The Concert "Panama for the Children of Syria", an initiative of the Organization Music For Life International, and performed at the City of Knowledge Athenaeum, raised $ 7,460 to support UNICEF's efforts to meet the immediate needs of the children of Syria.

The concert in Panama, which was attended by about 300 people, was organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the City of Knowledge Foundation, the Risk Emergency Disaster Working Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (RedLac), and was additionally supported by Bern Hotels Group and the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC).

Speakers at the event were Dr. Jorge Arosemena, Executive Director of the City of Knowledge Foundation, Freddy Justiniano, UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nadine Perrault, UNICEF Regional Child Protection Adviser and George Mathew, Artistic Director for Music For Life International.

During the event, religious leaders such as: Reverend Héctor Quirós, from the Catholic Diocese of Panama City, his Holiness Imam Mohammed El-Sayyed, from the Islamic Center of Colón, Rev. Julio Murray, Episcopal Bishop of Panama, and Mrs. Aurora Franco, representing Panama Baha'i Faith, prayed to ask for a halt to violence affecting children in Syria.

In June this year, UNICEF together with other agencies of the United Nations System called for support of 4.4 billion dollars to cover the immediate needs of Syrian children affected by the conflict during 2013.

The humanitarian concert event "For the Children of Syria" that began in Panama last June 4, will culminate in a final concert on January 2014, at Carnegie Hall in New York.