by / January 22nd, 2009 /

Gaza benefit gig to take place in two weeks with Lisa Hannigan, Neil Hannon & more

Two all-star gigs for emergency relief of Palestinian children called Gigs for Children in Gaza will take place in Vicar Street on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th thanks to Irish charity Tuesday’s Child.

Lisa Hanningan, Neil Hannon, Mary Black, Liam O’Maonlai, Eleanor McEvoy, Kila, Frances Black and friends will perform over two nights in Dublin’s Vicar Street. The musicians, who are donating their time and talents for free, will be singing their hearts out on behalf of children whose voices have been drowned out and tragically silenced by this most violent of wars.

Update: Paul Brady Kiernan Goss, One Day International and Colin Murphy added to the bill.

Tuesday’s Child has been feeding starving children in Gaza since November 2007 and supports three primary schools in the Strip. The charity, inspired by a Marian pilgrimage to Medugorje in May 2006, promotes justice for every child and donates 100 percent of proceeds. The charity has adopted the UN Charter of Children’s Human Rights (UNCRC) but recognises that the declaration has failed the children of Gaza for years.

Tuesday’s Child founder Orla Sheehan, who produced the all-star Tuesdays Child fundraising album last year, said: ‘We are devastated by the recent conflict in the Middle East and the slaughter of so many innocent children and young people. I visited the strip in September 2008 and have never witnessed a violation of human rights like Gaza. The injustices these forgotten children face are cruel beyond words. Their little lives were already so fragile and hanging on by a thread. They were suffering dreadfully, even before this invasion. Since 27th December, some of the children we were feeding have been killed; others have died slowly of starvation and dehydration. Hundreds of others are seriously injured, many are orphaned and have lost siblings and thousands have been left homeless. Some we cannot locate. No child in this conflict will be left unscarred. The greatest tragedy of all is that this war has the potential to make the world an unsafe place for many more children around the world.’

Children in Gaza are living through a nightmare no adult should ever experience. Speaking from Gaza city, Tuesday’s Child aid co-ordinator of the feeding programme said: ‘In my worst dreams I’ve never seen it as bad as now’¦you can’t imagine the situation. People killed lying in the streets for few days and bodies eaten by dogs. Bits of body everywhere’¦and children all silent, all in shock.’

Tickets for the events are 25 Euro and go on sale through Ticketmaster this Friday Jan 23rd @ 9am. All proceeds will go towards the Tuesday’s Child emergency relief fund for food, water, milk, medicines, mattresses and blankets, which was launched on New Year’s Eve.