Video: Actors read out poem made up of statements from refugees

From the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHR)

A group of actors led by Australian actor Kate Blachett (UN refugee goodwill ambassador) read out a poem made up of statements made by refugees, and though this, tell a moving story about what it’s like to find yourself in the this moving tide of humanity. 

What They Took With Them

Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman. The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them. One of the sources for the poem was Brian Sokol’s photography project, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ made in collaboration with UNHCR. Many of Brian's photos, along with firsthand accounts from the refugees he photographed, are featured in the film. ​ Released exclusively on Facebook, the film urges people to sign the #WithRefugees petition to help ensure refugees have the basics to build back their lives – an education, somewhere safe to live and the opportunity to work. To see the full version of the film and to sign the petition go to

Posted by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency on Thursday, September 8, 2016

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