Nas Teams With UNICEF to Help Raise Money For Children In Horn of Africa

Queens, New York rapper Nas is teaming with UNICEF and the family of late Beatles member George Harrison, to raise funds for children in the waitron and drought affected region known as the Horn of Africa.

Nas and a variety of musicians are taking part in the “Month of Giving,” which is being organized by George Harrison's wife, Olivia Harris.

Mrs. Harrison founded the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, to benefit life saving programs for children in the region, where children are regularly forced into militias, or die of starvation and malnourishment.

Nas and artists like Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Selena Gomez, The Go-Go's, Jackson Browne and others will engage their fans about the issue via Facebook, Twitter, and through live shows.

The news comes as fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar's "Concert for Bangladesh," which was the first major music benefit for a humanitarian cause.

"It's deeply heartening to see how the compassion of musicians is handed down from generation to generation," said Olivia Harrison, founder of the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. "In 1971 the crisis was in Bangladesh, today it's the Horn of Africa. My thanks go out to all the musicians who have pledged their support."

Today (July 27th), the George Harrison fund for UNICEF is immediately releasing $1 million for the relief effort, to benefit more than 2 million children who are malnourished, and another half a million, who are at risk from death if they do not receive immediate medical assistance.

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