Bono Demands Action To End 'Forgotten War'

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3.4.03 - Irish Examiner

Rock star Bono was last night honoured with an award for his humanitarian work around the globe and chose the ceremony to ask why millions of people were not out on the streets protesting about the number of Africans dying from Aids.

The U2 front man said that protesters should be speaking out about "the forgotten war" as well as the threat of conflict in Iraq.

Receiving the Humanitarian Award at Dublin's Meteor Music Awards, Bono said there was something obscene about everybody sitting watching what was going on in the Middle East on television.

He added: "The only thing I want to talk about is the other war, the forgotten war.

"Hundreds and thousands of people may die every day in Iraq in the next few months and that makes us feel a little ill.

"I want to know why there aren't a million out on the streets for this other war."

The star - who wore a suit, a red v-neck and his trademark glasses - received the Humanitarian Award for his dedication to the world's problems, from international debt to Aids.

Bono was commended in video recordings by former US President Bill Clinton and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, while ex South African President Nelson Mandela congratulated his "tireless campaigning" in a message read out at the ceremony.

Bono said his recent nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize elevated the cases that he represented.

With last night's award came a donation of £100,000, which the singer decided to split equally between charities Concern and Goal.

Previous recipients of the Humanitarian Award are Elton John and Christina Noble.

U2 scooped the award for best group at last night's Meteor Awards, which are in their third year.

The award for best Irish pop act went to Westlife, who denied recent media reports they are going to split up as "absolute rubbish".

"It's all a lot of crap," said band member Nicky Byrne, who is set to marry Mr. Ahern's daughter Georgina.

Presenters of the awards included film star Colin Farrell, television presenter Brian Dowling and Sharon and Jim Corr.

Bob Geldof was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Performers at the event included singers Sinead O'Connor and Samantha Mumba.

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