Aiming at raising money for the support of refugees from Syria, Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch has signed up for a new charity campaign and also appeared in new video introducing a short film. Cumberbatch introduced the short film, reciting a few lines of the poem Home by Warsan Shire, a Kenyan-born writer who came to the UK as a child, "No one leaves home, unless home is the mouth of a shark."
"As people watching this tragedy unfold from the safely of our homes, with our safe children, we want to say that we see you, we hear you and help is coming," the 39-year-old actor further says in the video. The five-minute-long video showcases footage from
camps and people attempting to travel to a country of sanctuary.
Benedict Cumberbatch introduces the short film Help Is Coming, made to raise money for Syrian refugees. (YouTube grab)
The Sherlock star introduced short film Help Is Coming, which accompanies the song of the same name by rock act Crowded House, which is being specially re-issued 20 years after its first release, reported CNN online. Crowded House's Neil Finn and Capitol Records have pledged to donate all royalties to Save The Children, an initiative to raise money for people trying to escape conflict in Syria and seek refuge in Europe.
Co-songwriter of Crowded House Neil Finn, said, "It (the song) was always a song about refugees, even if at the time I was thinking about the immigrants setting off on ships from Europe to America, looking for a better life for their families in America. 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. We can't be silent any more."
Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch appeals for Syrian refugees