Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour is in Kenya to visit with communities that have been badly affected by the ongoing famine.
He will not be performing any concerts, instead making use of his influence and capacity as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
The Grammy award winner will also visit the Dadaab refugee camps before holding a press conference on Wednesday to talk about his ‘perceptions and reactions to seeing first-hand the human face of the emergency in the Horn of Africa’.
N’Dour, joined by UNICEF Regional Director for Southern and Eastern Africa Elhadj As Sy, is also expected to talk about the specific needs of children, the humanitarian response, what more he believes needs to be done to alleviate the suffering, and what the future holds for the millions of children affected.
“He arrived today (Monday) and will leave Wednesday afternoon,” according to the Nairobi UN office.
“As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Youssou N’Dour has been closely following the situation in the Horn of Africa for some time. His visit has come about after informal discussions between himself and the UNICEF Regional Director, during which it was suggested that seeing the situation first hand, not only amongst refugees but also local Kenyan communities, would be of value,” they added.
The Senegalese superstar who turns 52 next week is an active campaigner for human rights and development in the African continent.
His musical career spans about four decades, and his charitable efforts date back to 1985, when he organized a concert to push for the release of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
N’Dour has also been the Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Oganisation amid several other impressive accolades.