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Actress and Singer, Cynthia Basinet Petitions UN
Actress and singer, Cynthia Basinet petitions the United Nations Sixty-third General Assembly Fourth Committee on behalf of issues facing the Western Sahara.
From the UN official site:
CYNTHIA BASINET, singer and actress, said that the international community had a moral responsibility as steward of the Saharawi people, and that a shift in heart and not just policy was required. Anemia, diabetes, tuberculosis, stunting and acute malnutrition were plaguing the Saharawi population, and yet 90 per cent of the population had attended school and were literate, according to a 1998 study.
She expressed deep concern over landmine explosions, such as that which had claimed the life of 8 year-old Fatima Bent Ibrahim this past year. Food prices rivalled those of Europe, with camel meat costing about €4 and the price of potatoes and milk equally prohibitive. Finally, refugees living abroad were unable to bring relatives with them because Western Sahara was not recognized by the United Nations, nor were documents and passports.
It took all facets to make the world a diamond, she said, and the international community must look beyond traditional methods of aid to consider public-private partnerships and microlending, among other forms of assistance, so that Saharawis were not “slowly delineated from the human map of the world”.
Cynthia visited the W. Sahara in '01 in efforts to raise awareness for the Saharwian refugees living in self-determination.
She was later nominated for a shared Nobel Peace Prize as part of the "1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe".
The singer is best known for hits "Santa Baby" and "Tea For Two" .
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