George Micheal performing for Kosovo refugees, 1999, NetAid, Wembley

George Micheal performing for Kosovo refugees, 1999, NetAid, Wembley

Pop star George Michael, who died yesterday at the age of 53, had donated £500,000 to Kosovo immediately after the war, in 1999.

Michael has said at that time that the plight of Kosovans driven from their homes was the prime reason for his decision to support NetAid. NetAid was one of three simultaneous concerts in London, New York and Geneva to raise millions for refugees.

Michael said he agreed to perform at the concert as he wants the UK public to realise that the people of Kosovo “still desperately need our help”.

He said many people had returned to the country with no homes or jobs to see them through the coming harsh winter.

“Even though the media has lost interest in Kosovo, in general they’re still having a desperately hard time.

“It’s all very well crying but if you don’t put your hand in your pocket, it’s just part of your evening’s entertainment. You might as well just watch EastEnders.”

The Wembley concert will raised money for refugees in both Kosovo and the Sudan.

Michael during NetAid in Wembley sang Spinning The Wheel, Fastlove, Freedom 90 and Father Figure.

Sources:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/sep/17/balkans1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/449376.stm