Celebrities are taking a public stance to support the #WithRefugees campaign.
Today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a video featuring several actors including Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley, Kit Harington and Jesse Eisenberg, performing a powerful spoken word poem entitled, “What They Took With Them.”
The video, posted on Facebook, aims to call attention to the more than 65 million refugees across the world who were forced to leave their lives behind due to violence.
According to UNHCR, the poem written by Jenifer Toksvig, which captures the tragic journey endured by displaced refugees, was “inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and the items they took with them.”
The powerful video is part of a larger UNHCR campaign, which is asking governments to ensure all refugee children can go to school, all refugees have a safe place to live and that all refugees can work and contribute to their local community.