Last Sunday Somalia-born and Canadian-raised rapper K'naan made a quick visit to Mogadishu, where tens of thousands of people are malnourished and battling a terrible famine while tens of thousands more have died, especially younger kids.
He also took of tour of the local Banadir Hospital where he met with sick children.
"I came to Somalia to see the situation here and give any donation I have to the people and anything else available," he said, speaking in Somali, as reported by The Associated Press. "I will do all I can to help my people in Somalia."
According to The Associated Press, the United Nations says that more than 3.2 million Somalis are in urgent need of food aid, while the United States has reported that 29,000 Somali children under the age of five have died.
K'naan and his family left Somalia more than 20 years ago in order to flee the civil war-torn country. He's won three Juno Awards and recorded four albums, the most recent being "Troubadour" in '09. His 2010 hit single "Wavin' Flag" became Coca-Cola's anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and he went on to record two other versions of the song, including one that featured the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am as well as David Guetta. His songs are frequently politically-charged and he often refers to his own experiences living in Somalia, particularly in the song by the same name.
K'naan has collaborated with a number of other artists, such as with Damian Marley and Nas for the tracks "Tribes at War" and "Africa Must Wake Up." His last live performance was this past May for Coca Cola's 125th anniversary at Centennial Olympic Park.
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