According to the UNHCR, there are currently 65.3 forcibly displaced people worldwide, 21.3 million of whom are refugees struggling to escape conflict, disaster and persecution. Half of these refugees are children.
Alicia Keys and WE ARE HERE Launch “Let Me In” on World Refugee Day
Today, Alicia Keys and WE ARE HERE, in partnership with War Child, CARE and Oxfam, launch a campaign that sheds light on the struggles faced by millions of refugees worldwide as they flee conflict, disaster and persecution. The goal of the campaign? To get people talking about the refugee crisis currently affecting millions of people around the world.
To mark World Refugee Day, Alicia Keys released a new short film entitled Let Me In, directed by Jonathan Olinger from HUMAN. The film stars Alicia Keys and features “Hallelujah,” a song off her new album to be released later this summer. The short film reimagines the refugee crisis on America’s shores, displacing thousands in the Los Angeles metropolitan area who must seek safety and well-being by crossing the border into Mexico.
“I was stunned when I learned that there are more refugees living in the world today than at any other point in history, and half of them are children,” says Alicia Keys. “Creating this film really allowed us to imagine, what if we were the refugees? What if we were the ones torn from the arms of our families and loved ones? How would it feel if this were happening to us?”
Let Me In takes you through the journey of a refugee and provides you with a glimpse of the torturous decisions – and sacrifices – too often made along the way.
YOU can make a difference. Donate to War Child and support refugees in Uganda, Afghanistan and Jordan. Sign the WE ARE HERE petition and stand as ONE with people forced to flee their homes. Show them they are not alone and make sure world leaders know that we won’t stand by while people suffer. Stand together. Stand as one. Support the message? Share with friends using #LetMeIn and #WorldRefugeeDay.