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'Muslim Live8' concert for Darfur
20 Aug 2007 15:46 BST

A Live8-style concert to help tackle the humanitarian crisis in Darfur will be put on by British Muslims.

Organisers said that they hoped the event at Wembley Stadium in London on 21 October would be a sell-out.

They added that it was "shameful" that Muslims were not as concerned about the conflict in Sudan as they were by bloodshed elsewhere, such as Iraq.

More than 2m people have been left homeless in Darfur since fighting broke out in 2003 when rebels took up arms.

Jehangir Malik, the UK national fundraising manager of Islamic Relief, said the concert would celebrate Eid at the end of Ramadan.

He added: "We are going for our own equivalent of Live 8.

"It will be people trying to raise funds and raise the profile. We should hopefully see a sell-out and it will be a milestone."

Singer Sami Yusuf will headline, and organisers said they hoped that members of all communities will attend.

Fareena Alam, the editor of the Muslim magazine Q News, was part of a Muslim delegation backed by the Foreign Office which travelled to Darfur to talk to victims of the violence.

She told a press conference: "It is very shameful that we can get very, very hot and bothered about other issues.

"There is a lot of information about Darfur. There is no doubt this is Muslim-on-Muslim violence. In Iraq, the enemy is externalised.

"In this situation where are the values that we talk about, that killing one life is about killing humanity? This has to be high profile. It is a huge embarrassment to us."

Saifuddin Ahmed of Muslim Aid, said it was "quite shameful" that Muslim nations had donated less than western countries.

He added: "I feel that the Muslim community must match the level of response that our government has done."

Around 4m people in Darfur are dependent on humanitarian aid.

Between January 1 and April 1 2007, 107,000 civilians were displaced in the region.

The Live8 concert in July 2005 highlighted global poverty before the G8 summit in Gleneagles.

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