Singers Tom Jones and Barry White performed under the stars last night (May 29) in Modena, Italy, to help Luciano Pavarotti raise money for Afghanistan refugees. The legendary Italian opera star also

Singers Tom Jones and Barry White performed under the stars last night (May 29) in Modena, Italy, to help Luciano Pavarotti raise money for Afghanistan refugees. The legendary Italian opera star also performed, dedicating the eighth "Pavarotti and Friends" concert to the refugees.

Other performers included George Benson, Anastacia, Deep Purple, and Morcheeba, while celebrities taking part included actor Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and designer Donatella Versace. The show was broadcast nationally.

Ruud Lubbers, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, announced the agency would bestow a humanitarian award on Pavarotti next month for giving "great visibility to the cause of refugees."

Driven from their homes by the worst drought in memory and a relentless civil war, more than 200,000 Afghan refugees have arrived in Pakistan since September, officials said. More than 2 million Afghan refugees have been living in Pakistan for more than two decades, and the impoverished country's military government has refused new asylum seekers.

Last month Pavarotti's home city of Modena was host to a star-studded concert to celebrate the tenor's 40th anniversary in opera. As previously reported, Spanish tenor Jose Carreras was among the luminaries who took part in the three-hour concert.



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