Benedict Cumberbatch Speaks Out About Syrian Refugees & Lets Fans Know How They Can Help — VIDEO
The Sherlock actor is lending support to an important cause. Benedict Cumberbatch is partnering with Save the Children in hopes of lending a helping hand to the Syrian refugee crisis, which has seen more than 4 million Syrians seeking rescue in other countries with an additional 7.6 million displaced from their homes. Now, the actor is letting his voice be heard in a new Save the Children video, which also features the charity single "Help Is Coming," a re-release of the 1999 Crowded House single.
In the video below, the Oscar-nominee says, "As people watching this tragedy unfold from the safety of our homes, with our safe children, we want to say that we see you, we hear you and help is coming." The Imitation Game star also recites the poem Home by Somali-British writer Warsan Shire, which includes this powerful line: "No one puts their children in a boat, unless the water is safer than the land." The video states that as of 2015, there are 19.5 million refugees around the world and half of them are children, which is quite a shocking statistic.
This isn't the first time Cumberbatch has made a plea on behalf of the refugees in Syria. During a Thursday Hamlet performance in London, the actor made a speech asking the audience to donate money to the important cause that has obviously struck a chord with him. During his impromptu remarks, the 39-year-old condemned the British government's response to the dire situation. He also seemingly discussed "our [British] government’s slow response."
It looks like the actor is going to do all he can to help such an important cause and his efforts surely are commendable.