Copyright 2001

[ September 28th 2001 ]

Angelina Jolie, Celine Dion and Peter Gabriel are part of the growing number of celebrities offering their services to support appeals since the US atrocities. Jolie has donated $1m (680,000) to an appeal to ease the suffering of Afghan refugees.

Canadian singer Dion and British singer/songwriter Gabriel are joining forces to stage a benefit concert for the US victims of the terror attacks. About 12 rock groups will perform in two concerts across the US to raise money for the victims.

Jolie, who is also goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, became the first person to privately donate money to the refugee fund. The UNHCR launched an appeal on Wednesday to raise $252m (171.5m) to assist with the growing Afghan refugee crisis.

Jolie, who played the lead in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, visited Afghan refugee camps for herself in Pakistan in August. She called it the "worst situation" she had seen. UNHCR head Ruud Lubbers praised Jolie's sense of "humanitarian responsibility" in giving the donation "despite the trauma of recent events in her country".

Dion, who had been in temporary retirement from live performing due to the birth of her son, will also sing at a benefit concert for US victims of the attacks on Friday in Montreal. She also took to the stage for the recent TV telethon, which raised $150m (103m).

Gabriel and a host of Quebec artists will also perform in Montreal with Dion, and proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. Styx, REO Speedwagon and Lynyrd Skynyrd are among the bands performing at concerts for the victims of the US attacks.

The concerts are scheduled to take place next month in Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas, Texas. "The response has been amazing and we expect to add many more artists to the line-up," said Styx lead singer, Tommy Shaw. REO leader Kevin Cronin added: "We are all feeling so many intense emotions that it's imperative that we channel our energy into doing what we can to help heal ourselves and our country."

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