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Band joins forces for Syrian plight ; Music added to playlist as part of Oxfam's campaign [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

July 4, 2013

YellowBrix

BIRMINGHAM-based band The Editors are helping to raise awareness of the plight of the Syrian people by joining forces with Oxfam. The band are sharing a collection of their favourite tunes on an ultimate playlist to highlight the humanitarian crisis which is affecting over eight million people.

They have joined musicians from Primal Scream, The XX, Bombay Bicycle Club and Syrian musicians during the festival season when Oxfam will share its Love Syria campaign.

The charity will release one specially created playlist a day and people are being encouraged to share the customised playlists to show solidarity with Syrian people.

So far the violent conflict has forced millions of people from their homes, with 1.5 million seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

Oxfam is aiming to reach 650,000 people in the coming months and has recently launched a petition calling on the UK government to champion the needs of everyone affected and help find a peaceful end to the crisis.

To mark the recent World Refugee Day, Oxfam asked people to share a music film by film maker Alex Forster, featuring a group of Syrian musicians in Zaatari camp, Jordan. The musicians are part of Oxfam's Voice project which helps give refugees a chance to be heard.

Musician Hasan Hariri said: "The motive behind our singing is both social and therapeutic.

"We forget a little about our frustration and hardships in the camp, and at the same time it is social because we bring people together to enjoy their time."

By sharing the music, film and playlists people will be supporting the charity's 'Love Syria' campaign.

For more information visit www.oxfam.org.uk/getinvolved/ festivals/campaigners or sign the petition via www.oxfam.org.uk/ syria- petition

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