Cate Blanchett, ’Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington, ‘Doctor Who’s’ Peter Capaldi Among Celebs in UN Refugee Video
In a move to bolster worldwide government support for millions of refugees and their children, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a video of celebrities led by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett to encourage signatures for the #WithRefugees petition for submission to the U.N.
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The celebrity cast reads a poem by Jenifer Toksvig titled What They Took With Them, descriptive of what happens when people need to flee their war-torn homes. It answers the question of what important belonging one takes with him in life or death situations. According to TIME, the list in the poem contains “some vital to survival, others sentimental,” sometimes people.
The poem was inspired by Brian Sokol’s photography project collaborated with UNHCR called The Most Important Thing and are featured in the said video.
The dramatic reading is spearheaded by actress Cate Blanchett, the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, and she is joined by Kit Harington, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor and author Neil Gaiman.
The video was released on Monday exclusively on the Facebook platform to elicit more signatures for the #WithRefugees campaign. It is a call for stronger government support to refugees and their children to ensure their education, safety, access to work and immersion in communities.
The UNHCR website states Blanchett was moved by the early performance of the powerful poem. “The rhythm and words of the poem echo the frenzy and chaos and terror of suddenly being forced to leave your home, grabbing what little you can carry with you, and fleeing for safety,” she added. The site also informs that more than 65 million people experience this state as refugees and as ambassador, the esteemed actress calls everyone to work together for fellowmen.
The petition of withrefugees.org has already amassed close to a million signatures and will be submitted on September 16, Friday, to the UN Secretary-General and the President of the UN General Assembly. A summit for refugees and migrants will take place on Monday, September 19.
Cate Blanchett has personally met with refugees from Lebanon and Jordan with the help of the UN Refugee Agency, and she continues to advocate for awareness and support for the cause. The dramatic reading of the poem can be viewed below.
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