News special: Make Poverty History - Trust had key role in bringingWoldu

The African Children's Educational Trust played a key role in getting Ethiopian Birhan Woldu to London for the Live 8 concert.

Woldu, whose image as a starving child on the brink of death shocked the world 20 years ago, made a dramatic appearance alongside Bob Geldof on stage at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park.

The trust has provided financial support to Woldu and her family for the past five years, including sponsoring her studies for her agricultural diploma in Ethiopia.

Woldu's flight to London was paid for by The Sun newspaper, but the trust played an instrumental role in organising the trip after she had finished her exams the previous Monday.

The chairman of the trust, David Stables, said: "Birhan's appearance on stage at Live 8 was the most significant part of the whole concert."

Woldu said: "I realise now I have a duty to tell people how I was helped so that others can be helped too."

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