Doors are slamming shut all over Western Europe for the Syrian refugees, as razor-wire fences are going up in the east. They’re backing up in the Balkans, and being beaten and abused in Macedonia. Yesterday, at least 13 migrants — six of them children — drowned off Turkey after the inflatable dinghy carrying them to Greece was hit in the dark by a Turkish-flagged ship. It’s getting hard to even watch the news anymore.
Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett has made a video calling for support for refugees fleeing to Europe. “I’m supporting the UNHCR’s appeal for the refugee crisis in Europe,” a makeup-free and bespectacled Blanchett says directly to the camera. She explains how she met a Syrian woman in Lebanon who was an architect, with “no reason at all to leave Syria except to run, to run from war with her children, leaving everything behind”.
“As a mother I can only imagine the difficulty and distress of making such a decision,” says Blanchett, a mother of four.
Watch the video blow.
“Please join me in giving to UNHCR’s appeal for the refugee crisis in Europe. There are thousands of families all over Europe in desperate need of our care and support. Anything you can give, no matter how small, will help. I have seen the UNHCR’s work firsthand and I know that work makes a difference.” – Cate Blanchett.
You can donate here.