Bono humanises anti-poverty bid: Ugandan paper

 

The current visit to Uganda by Irish

rock star Bono has helped put a human face on the campaign against poverty in Africa, Uganda's state-run New Vision newspaper wrote today. He may not be a household name in Uganda, because his genre in music, rock, is not particularly popular in this part of the world, the paper wrote. "He may not be a household name in Uganda, because his genre in music, rock, is not particularly popular in this part of the world," the paper wrote.

"But Bono's status as one of the world's big music icons is certain to give his mission the attention it deserves," it added.

Bono, 41, and US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, 66, are in Uganda on the third leg of an African tour aimed at highlighting the need for aid to the world's poorest continent.

"Bono brings a human face to the campaign and as another rock legend, Bob Geldorf, showed with the anti-famine Live Aid concert in 1985, show biz can make a difference, but, hopefully, a longer lasting one this time".

Bono and O'Neill have already travelled to Ghana and South Africa on their four-nation, 12-day tour of Africa.

Their next and final stop after Uganda will be Ethiopia, where O'Neill will this weekend attend the African Development Bank's annual meeting to discuss efforts to raise the effectiveness of financial assistance to the continent.

AFP