February 11, 2011.
Andrea Bocelli, one of the most famous opera singers in the world, treated Romans to an aria, in an effort to end world hunger. With Turin's Laboratory of Sound Choir in the backdrop, he lifted his voice in singing “Panis Angelicus” which means angelic bread. The concert was attended by some of the nation's top politicians, like the leader of Italy's Chamber of Deputies Gianfranco Fini. The event was in honor of a campaign organized by Sermig, a non-profit organization based in Northern Italy, whose aim among other things is ending hunger.
Its founder Ernesto Olivero, a former banker, says in a globalized society, about 100,000 people die of hunger each day.Ernesto Olivero
“We've been able to really help millions of people in the world and we are not a lot of people.”
Sermig, which has humanitarian aid missions in 89 countries worldwide, also helps those living in slavery, suffering from sexual abuse and the negative effects of war. Ernesto Olivero
“I think that coming to Turin and seeing an arms factory, a factory that resulted in the death of a lot of people, transformed into an arsenal of peace, in a place where people can find a way out of the mafia, out of dangerous circles, where young people are learning to really love, every day we help thousands of people and I think that the heart will help us through prayer, through donations and attitudes.”
The campaign, “Share the Daily Bread” is an enduring struggle, as every ten days the amount of people in the world that die due to hunger is equal to the population of a large city like Detroit, Michigan.