On June 10th, in an expression of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, Berklee College of Music is hosting a live musical event to raise awareness and funds for those displaced by the ongoing conflict inside Ukraine.
Berklee College of Music has generously offered to support UNHCR's efforts in providing much needed support to those who need it most.
The program will be comprised of Ukrainian folk songs alongside original compositions by Berklee professor and Ukrainian citizen Vadim Neselovskyi. The program will feature Gary Burton, Fred Hersch, Vadim Neselovskyi, Ronen Itzik, Daniel Loomis, and the Berklee-based choir Pletenitsa, directed by Christiane Karam.
Here’s a preview featuring Pletenitsa Balkan Choir and Vadim Neselovskyi Trio:
As fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine, fear of persecution and of a life with no future has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. Terrified of being caught in the crossfire, nearly 1.2 million people are internally displaced and over 800,000 have fled to neighboring countries. They have fled with barely anything and face increased difficulty in their search for safety.
UNHCR is working around the clock in eastern Ukraine, where the vast majority of displaced people are located. Working with the government, UNHCR has developed the basis for a central registration and protection center. One of UNHCR’s urgent priorities is to make sure that these centers have essential items like blankets, sleeping mats, bed linen, warm clothes and jerry cans. UNHCR has and continues to provide assistance to those who need it most. One-time cash assistance has been provided to over 10,800 vulnerable individuals, while over 50,000 people have benefited from direct aid.