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Shakira appeals for school aid in storm-hit Bangladesh
uusjio | December 20, 2007 at 01:42 amby
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Shakira, a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) ambassador, arrived on a three-day visit to Bangladesh on Monday and toured several coastal villages.
She chatted to children who lost parents and mothers who lost children or spouses.
"The world should give a helping hand to rebuild schools in Bangladesh," twice Grammy Award-winner Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll told Reuters in an interview.
" ... because schools are the only place where children can pass happy moments forgetting all their saddest parts of life."
Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh on Nov. 15 with winds of 250 kph (155 mph) and a 5 metre (16 ft) sea surge that battered large parts of the coast. Nearly 3,500 people died and millions have been left homeless.
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