An international panel made an impassioned plea Thursday for funds to build a children's hospital in the war-ravaged African country of Burundi.
Among the speakers at a news conference at the African Community Resource Center at 6th Street and Vermont Avenue were a former vice president of Burundi, a member of the Albert Schweitzer Society International and Prince Daniel Grimaldi, a relative of the late Princess Diana.
They were in town to promote the African Awards Dinner, a fund-raiser that honors individuals who have advocated the rights of refugees and immigrants.
"Displaced persons are a part of the world community, and the plight of the disadvantaged is a concern for all peoples," Grimaldi said.
Along one wall of center, a group of photographs depicted children, many without limbs--all war victims.
The group hopes to raise $300,000 at the awards dinner that will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at UCLA's Ackerman Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $200.
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