INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & RELATED ARTICLES
The Observer JULY 11, 2010 - by Brian Eno & others
LETTERS: THE HISTORY OF WAR CHILD
The Observer should have checked the Guardian archive before interviewing Bill Leeson and Nigel Osborne about War Child. Had it done so, it would have found ten articles referring to "bribes", "excessive administrative expenditure" and other "malpractices" in the charity. In 2001, patrons Luciano Pavarotti, Brian Eno, Tom Stoppard, David Bowie, Juliet Stevenson and MTV chief Brent Hansen withdrew their support for War Child "after discovering that its co-founder had taken a bribe from contractors building a prestigious music centre named after [Pavarotti] in Bosnia".
Your article included a photo of the destroyed Mostar bridge with a sign "Don't forget". We haven't.
Brian Eno, former War Child patron; John Gaydon, former trustee; David Hencke, former Guardian journalist; Liz Huhne, former trustee; Teo Krilic, former schools programme, Pavarotti Music Centre; Orhan Maslo, former outreach programme director, Pavarotti Music Centre; Anthea Norman-Taylor, former trustee; Khawar Qureshi QC, former trustee; Berry Ritchie, former trustee; Eugene Skeef, former director of music development, Pavarotti Music Centre