If you were suddenly displaced from your home, what would you take with you? Luckily it’s something we don’t all experience, but for millions of refugees fleeing war in their own country, it’s their reality.
In a powerful new video for the UN Refugee Agency, Cate Blanchett joins forces with Stanley Tucci, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and other celebs to recite “What They Took with Them,” a poem by Jenifer Toksvig. The video is accompanied by photos from Brian Sokol’s project, “The Most Important Thing” and firsthand accounts from the refugees he photographed.
The video asks people to sign the #WithRefugees petition which will be presented at the UN General Assembly on September 19. It asks the government to ensure refugee children receive education, provide housing for refugees, and offer them new skills and employment opportunities.
Sign the petition and watch the video below:
Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman. The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them. One of the sources for the poem was Brian Sokol’s photography project, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ made in collaboration with UNHCR. Many of Brian's photos, along with firsthand accounts from the refugees he photographed, are featured in the film. Released exclusively on Facebook, the film urges people to sign the #WithRefugees petition to help ensure refugees have the basics to build back their lives – an education, somewhere safe to live and the opportunity to work. To see the full version of the film and to sign the petition go to www.withrefugees.org
Posted by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency on Thursday, 8 September 2016