“The Voice of the Free Syrian Children,” a humanitarian project launched by award-winning composer and pianist Malek Jandali, debuted to a sold-out audience at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in Metro-Detroit.
“Syrian children are facing genocide, starvation, deprivation and malnutrition,” he told Al Arabiya News. “What’s more inhumane and immoral than killing a child?”
The aim of the event was to raise awareness about the plight of Syrian children, and the urgent need for humanitarian assistance.
The performances were accompanied by poignant images projected on a large screen of Syrian child refugees, and children inside Syria living in horrendous conditions.
Jandali encouraged audience members to “do whatever it takes to save a child,” by donating to the humanitarian organization of their choice.
“The children of Syria will face another harsh, cold winter with no food or basic medicines,” he said.
“We must focus our work on lifting the siege on the children in every city and town in Syria. This is their human right to live.”
Michele Economou Ureste, the mayor of West Bloomfield, presented Jandali with a city proclamation congratulating him on the launch of the project, the success of the performance, and his dedication to humanitarian causes in support of Syrian children.
“The Voice of the Free Syrian Children” is supported and endorsed by numerous organizations, including the UNESCO - Rutgers Center for Human Rights, the European Union Association, the American Task Force for Palestine, and Syrian Christians for Peace.
Its next performance is in New York City on Oct. 26, followed by various cities in the United States and Europe.