Common, Gregory Porter come together in aid of refugees on “Running”

Wars have never been the best solution to any situation, it leaves a lot of death and sorrow on all sides involved in fighting.

An estimated 60million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes or countries worldwide, this is just a fraction of the negative impact or wars. About half of these refugees are young people, according to statistics, about 50% of the refugees are under 18 years. Imagine a case where you have to spend an entire 17 years of your lifetime in a refugee camp. Then again this is just one of the challenges these groups have to go through.

Kenya for example has one of the largest refugee camps in the world, the Dadaab refugee camp is home to more than 300,000 refugees, most of whom hail from Somalia a country that is trying to find its own footing after more than two-decades of strife. However, Kenya says it is time refugees leave the camps. This decision has unsettled many, just a few weeks ago the UNCHR boss Antonio Guterres was in Kenya to plead with the nation’s leaders not to repatriate the refugees, but the government will not have none of that. According to the Kenyan government, the camps have been used by terror groups such as the Somali based Al Shabaab militant group to plan attacks that have killed hundreds of Kenyans.  The camp is expected to close by November this year with the Kenyan government promising a humane repatriation exercise.

The decision by Kenya is likely to make the situation worse, even as experts say the reasons for deporting refugees are unjustifiable and that there is no concrete evidence that the camp is a threat to the country’s national security. So where does these kind of decisions leave the refugees? 

It is for this kind of despair that all these years we have seen entertainers including musicians, actors come up with ways of helping out the refugees, through music and short films that are aimed at raising funds for the groups. 

On June 20, 2016 American jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and rapper Common came together on a powerful refugee song titled “Running” released on the World Refugee Day. The song is more than a musical composition, the messages therein attempt to reflect the dire situation on the ground, the challenges refugees go through and such. The songs visuals relies heavily on images of refugees in camps in order to draw that emotional impact on the intended viewer. “Running” also features jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold. It is a song borne out of efforts by singer Andrea Pizziconi, Harrold, and businessman and political strategist Jonathan Reynaga. 

The song seeks to raise funds for organizations such as Refugees International, International Rescue Committee. One can contribute to the cause by downloading this powerful song visit refugeesong.com for more.

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