Some of Britain's top pop stars gave their services free when a special record in aid of Ethiopia's famine victims was recorded in London on November 25.
Bob Geldof with other singers.
Pop star posing for group photograph.
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Some of Britain's top pop stars gave their services free when a special record in aid of Ethiopia's famine victims was recorded in London on November 25. It is to be called "Do They Know It's Christmas" and money made from sales will go to Ethiopia. The idea came from Bob Geldof of the "Boomtown Rats" - and he persuaded top singers such as Sting of "The Police" and George Michael of "Wham" to take part, in the project. Many personalities flew specially to London. Paul McCartney was also due to participate. The project got under way as separatist guerrillas accused the Ethiopian government of uprooting millions of drought victims in order to weaken the rebels. The claim came from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in a statement to a United Nations Relief Agency. As many as 2.5 million people are to be resettled by the government in fertile areas of Ethiopia. A major international relief programme is underway, but government spokesman have said the quantity of food aid so far pledged represents only half of the victims' needs, over the next twelve months.
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