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We Are One: Africa's disaster risk reduction anthem

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Published on Nov 3, 2016

"We Are One", with lead vocals by Zambian recording artist Lucy Nkhoma, was produced by Health Songs International for the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. It is the theme song for the 6th Session of Africa Regional Platform and 5th High-Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place in Mauritius on 22-25 November 2016.

The main message of "We Are One" is that in this rapidly-changing world, if we are unified we can work together to build a safer place and a more resilient people. It is hoped that this song will spur disaster risk reduction advocates and practitioners across Africa to join together, share resources and expertise and multiply their efforts to benefit all the people of the continent.

You can download the tune onto your computer or phone at: http://healthsongs.org/un/

To find out more about Health Songs International, you can visit: http://healthsongs.org/our-songs/

For more information about the 6th Session of Africa Regional Platform and 5th High-Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction, click here: http://www.unisdr.org/conferences/201....

Lyrics:

We Are One. Nou tou enn sel (Creole)

Verse 1.
It’s time to come together
Every tribe and every tongue
When we help each other it’s better
For our planet for everyone

We all gotta see the big picture
Our climate changes day to day
Let us work together to reduce the risk
Should calamity come our way

Chorus 1
Africa
We are one
Sisonke, Sibanye (Zulu, Xhosa)
We are one
Tuko pamoja (Swahili)
We are one
Inya and nen (Ahmaric)
We are one
Sisonke simunye (Zulu)

Verse 2.
Our world is quickly changing
We face new challenges every day
But we can build a resilient people
Strong and ready in every way

Keeping safe from floods and landslides
From fire and storms and drought
But in the face of calamity
There’s one thing we should never doubt

Chorus 2
Africa
We are one
Mu duka daya ne (Hausa)
We are one
Unidos somos fortes (Portuguese)
We are one
Nous sommes unis (French)
We are one
Ikan naa ni wa (Yoruba)
We are one
Ma'aan, Nahno Wahed (Arabic)
We are one
Tiyende pamodzi (Bemba)
We are one
Sisonke, Sibanye (Zulu, Xhosa)

Bridge
Oh lift your voices now, together we are one, my brother, together we are one, my sister
Oh as one people now, together we are one, hey, together we are one, ho
Oh sing in unity, together we are one, let’s come together, together we are one, oh we are one
Oh lift your voices now, together we are one, le le le le le le, together we are one

Final Chorus
Africa
We are one
Ma'aan, Nahno Wahed (Arabic)
We are one
Nous sommes unis (French)
We are one
Sisonke, Sibanye (Zulu, Xhosa)
We are one
Ikan naa ni wa (Yoruba)
We are one

We are, we are one
Together we are one

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