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Shakira dedicates performance of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ at UN General Assembly to Syrian refugees

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NEW YORK — Pop star Shakira stunned the crowd at the United Nations General Assembly Friday with her rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

The star, 38, who is also a UNICEF ambassador, dedicated her performance to Aylan and Ghalib Kurdi, two young Syrian boys found dead on a beach in Turkey.

“Our children have the right to equal opportunities, to thrive, to be happy and healthy and safe,” Shakira said. “Now is the time to not just imagine, but do.”

The heartbreaking image of the boy’s lifeless body sent shock-waves around the Internet as it highlighted the crisis in a war-torn Syria.

Earlier in the day Pope Francis spoke at the UN General Assembly where he called on global leaders to combat climate change and fight against social and economic exclusion.

“The misuse and destruction of the environment are also accompanied by a relentless process of exclusion,” said Pope Francis. “In effect, a selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity leads to both the misuse of available resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged.”