On this day in MJ History
– 24th November 1992
Inside a hangar at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Michael witnesses the loading of 43 tons of medical supplies, blankets, winter clothing and shoes onto a DC-8 cargo jet bound for the children of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a war zone in the former Yugoslavia.
The Heal The World Foundation teams up with AmeriCares to fly the $2.1 million worth of aid to the Croatian capital, Zagreb, and then to Sarajevo for distribution under the supervision of the UN High Command for Refugees.
Via a press conference in New York City, New York, he speaks about children and raises understanding on his Heal The World Foundation and on the aids organized by his charity and himself for the war-stricken Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina:
His message reads:
“Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts. Being with them connects us to the deeper wisdom of life. These children are a reminder of the preciousness of all life, especially young lives untouched by hatred, prejudice and greed. Now, when the world is so confused and its problems so complicated, we need our children more than ever. Their natural wisdom points the way to solutions that lie waiting to be recognized within our own hearts. Children are the world’s foremost idealists and optimists. It is for that reason that ‘Heal The World” is organizing the World’s Children Congress next year, made up exclusively of delegates, aged 8 to 16. The world desperately needs their innocent perspective on the world’s problems. We have to heal our wounded planet of the chaos, despair and senseless destruction we see today. The mission of Heal The World, my mission, is healing. Pure and simple. To heal the world, we must start by healing our children. Today, we come bearing gifts for the children of war-torn Sarajevo. In 1992, Sarajevo has become a symbol of so much that is tragic, but avoidable in our world. Prejudice and ethnic hatred, the destruction of the environment, the shattering of families and of centuries-old communities. We are pleased to announce at this special time of year that we will turn our efforts home, to the plight of our American children. Towards this end, we are planning ‘Convoy USA’. This will be an effort to help all Americans work together toward a single objective: to heal the children of our inner cities. This Thanksgiving is particularly special to me, with the launch of the single, “Heal The World”. I wrote this song for everyone in our world, in an effort to help bring global harmony. All the proceeds of this song will go to the Heal The World Foundation. Thank you, all, for coming. Special thanks to AmeriCares, for standing side by side to us at this project. To all of you who have supported “Heal The World” with your time and donations, our prayers and thanks.”
Watch a video of Michael giving his speech and witnessing the loading of the cargo to Sarajevo in the link below: