Benedict Cumberbatch Supports The Syrian Refugee Cause During Crisis [WATCH]

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.” Thus spoke Benedict Cumberbatch, quoting poet Warsan Shire, at the beginning of this (to say the least) powerful video about the current refugee crisis happening around the world.

This video, shot and promoted by the organization Help Is Coming, is meant to raise awareness about the staggering number of refugees from Syria and elsewhere currently seeking asylum around the world. Of the 19.5 million refugees, the video shows, half are children. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is doing his part to raise awareness and help those nearly 20 million people who are currently displaced.

Cumberbatch merely provided an introduction to what is a heartbreaking video, featuring minutes of footage showing what refugees seeking asylum around the world have been facing. Children were interviewed about their experience fleeing Syria; one announced that he used to wonder what the word “refugee” meant, and stated that now he knows. Another, a very young little girl, described being shot at multiple times during their flight from Syria — both when they tried to flee by truck, and again when they reached a checkpoint.

Real-life clips of refugees fleeing Syria by boat are included, with the plea to donate to the organization in order that these refugees may be better cared for. As a little boy states in the video, “Life in the camp is difficult. Very difficult.”

The video is a must-see for anyone who is willing to come to terms with the reality of this crisis. Cumberbatch’s introduction calls even more attention to this human issue, and appeals to everyone’s sense of morality and humanity. He says:

You have to understand that no one puts children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land. As people watching this tragedy unfolding from the safety of our homes, with our safe children, we want to say, ‘We see you. We hear you. Help is coming.’ “

Visit the Help Is Coming website to see how you can help.

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