This is the chorus of Umuco (Culture), composed and performed by youth leaders and children in Rwanda.
When war comes, culture is lost. But more: when those who promote and profit from war gain power, culture is attacked and we lose our voices.
The human right to culture (Art. 27, Universal Declaration of Human Rights) is strongly tied to all other human rights. It is culture that lets us lift our voices, tell our stories, sing our truth.
When war has raged and culture is lost, the bringing back of culture is a radical act of peacebuilding.
Please help us bring back culture for those who are bravely turning from war to life.
In 2017, we reached over 10,000 young people through music in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. We have seen music make a difference in their lives, building hope, confidence and connection among people affected by war and armed conflict.
There is still more work to be done.
Every person can make a difference through music. On June 21st we have invited musicians around the world to organize benefit concerts for World Wide Music Day, an annual celebration of the right to music.
Please join your voice with musicians around the world to help us bring music to where it is needed most.