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Stars for Darfur:
Artists Unite to Stand Against Genocide in Sudan
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2018 – Renown Italian Singer Tony Esposito and his friend, American pianist, composer, and painter Mark Ksotabi, took an unprecedented initiative to mark International Human Rights Day in Washington, D.C. by organizing a charity concert and auction called ‘Stars for Darfur.’
On Dec. 8, Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) and notable Washington-based organization ‘Italians in DC’ (IDC) will be hosting ‘Stars for Darfur’ to raise funds to support DWAG’s work for genocide victims in Sudan for International Human Rights Day. All proceeds will be used to help relieve the humanitarian crisis.
‘Stars for Darfur’ will feature a number of outstanding artists and musicians, including the organizers Tony Espasito and Mark Kostabi. Prominent Sudanese musician Ibrahim Sunata and the music group ‘MusiChianti’ will perform as well, along with Mark Kostabi’s brother, Paul Kostabi. Meanwhile the auction will feature handmade crafts from female artists in Darfur who will see the proceeds invested back into their communities. These artists and musicians have all joined hands to support DWAG’s efforts to advance human rights and women’s rights in Darfur and around the world.
“In spite of the fact that Darfur is not in the news and most of the attention has faded away however, Tony, Mark, and our friends from the DC Italian community have shown the people of Darfur that they are not alone,” said DWAG president Niemat Ahmadi. “There are people who deeply care and have never seized supporting the people of Darfur to continue their fight for dignity and justice.”
‘Stars for Darfur’ is an amazing initiative that reaches beyond a simple act of kindness. It is the result of a long term collaborative effort that has brought both the Italian and Sudanese communities together to show the world that we can all unite under one purpose. People from both communities, and their supporters who fight for human rights, women’s rights and social justice will gather in support for these amazing artists who use their talents to promote good causes like the work that DWAG is striving to promote.
Doors for ‘Stars for Darfur’ will open at 5 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. The event will be held at the Tenley Bar & Grill on 4611 41st St. NW. Tickets cost $10 online and $15 at the door. Anyone who wants more information or wishes to register can contact program@darfurwomenaction.
Please join us as we bring culture, talents and the human rights community together to strengthen their bond and their collective effort to make a difference in the lives of those who have suffered a devastating genocide in Darfur. Our artists have used their power through talent to continue to fight for Darfur. Will you?
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