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Clay Aiken tours tsunami-ravaged Indonesia for UNICEF

UPI News Service, 03/19/2005 

Clay Aiken, an ambassador for UNICEF, has toured the tsunami-ravaged Indonesian province of Aceh on a fact-finding mission and attended a fundraising concert.

"The trip was for fact-finding purposes. There are citizens in the U.S. who have offered their time, effort, money and resources," Aiken told the Jakarta Post. "There are some who try to find out where their money is going, what type of work is being done."

The former "American Idol" singer who majored in special education in college said his mission as an ambassador was to help children, with or without disabilities, in many areas hit by natural disasters or war to have access to basic needs of clean water, nutrition and education.

"After all, to be part of this does give me an opportunity in some way to teach on a larger scale," he said. "I'm not necessarily in a class room every day, but I'm in a situation where I hope to bring information to people."

Aiken said it was most important for tsunami-impacted children to be able to return to school on a daily basis.

Aiken attended, but did not perform, at The Force of Nature Concert for Tsunami Aid in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday night.

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