Benedict Cumberbatch lends his celebrity to help Syrian refugees
Benedict Cumberbatch is showing his support for a drive to raise money for Syrian refugees by introducing a video documenting their plight paired with Crowded House’s 1999 song, “Help is Coming.”
In the introduction, Cumberbatch recites lines from Kenya-born poet Warsan Shire’s “Home,” — “…no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark…” — followed by a commitment of assistance. “We see you. We hear you. Help is coming,” Cumberbatch says from his dressing room at the Barbican Centre in London, where he’s starring in Hamlet.
The remainder of the video (above) shares moving clips of Syrian children recounting times they were shot at and forced to leave their homes.
Journalists Caitlin Moran and Pete Paphides organized the video, with proceeds going towards Save the Children’s refugee crisis-relief efforts. Crowded House’s Neil Finn offered his support for the project as well. “[“Help is Coming”] was always a song about refugees,” Finn explained to The Standard. “There is such a huge scale and urgency to the current refugee crises that barely a day goes by without some crushing image or news account to confront us.”
For the next week, Cumberbatch will take further action by using intermissions during Hamlet to speak about the cause and raise additional funds for Save the Children.
“Help is Coming” is available on iTunes and for purchase as a limited-edition 7” single.