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Missy Higgins has released her latest single – a beautiful dedication to the victims of the Syrian Refugee crisis.

She penned the emotional song ‘Oh Canada’ after hearing of the tragic story of the boy washed up on a Turkish beach – three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who drowned last year along with his mother and brother while on their way to Greece seeking asylum.

The family had originally been trying to seek asylum in Canada.

A mum herself, Missy Higgins gave birth to a boy, Samuel Arrow Lee, in January 2015.

She tells this mournful tale mostly from the perspective of the father – the only survivor – through beautiful animation.

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She wrote on Instagram“Like most people, the photo of little Alan Kurdi being carried out of the water shook me to my core. We often read about the tragic plight of refugees but I think that picture exposed us to the reality in such a raw way that the truth became inescapable. ‘Oh Canada’ simply aims to tell a story. It’s not preaching anything in particular, it’s simply my attempt to make sense out of senselessness.

If it also reminds people of what happened to Alan and his family then I think that would be good – after what they went through they don’t deserve to be forgotten. If the song reminds people how the picture of that lifeless little boy made them feel then that would be even better because that proves we’re all very similar people who just happen to live under different circumstances. If the song inspires anyone to do something on behalf of refugees – to speak up for their rights and to push back against those who seek to inflame our fears and prejudices – then I think that would be best of all. ‘Oh Canada’ is out now, with 100% of net proceeds from sales going to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).”

100% of net profits from ‘Oh Canada’ to Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.

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  • Very sad video clip at the end. great to bring awareness and love the children illustrations.

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  • How lovely of her. I haven’t heard about her for a while, so it’s lovely to hear she’s doing such a great thing.

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  • definately thinking that Missy has a great big heart! hopefully she has done something that will really change lives for the better. amazing job~

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  • This is absolutely beautiful. Love Missy Higgins. Good on her for bringing more attention to this issue.

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  • Missy Higgins is to be congratulated for her courage and determination in writing and recording the song.

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  • A beautiful song sand such a powerful message.

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  • Missy Higgins is a good person. Well done xxx

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  • Good on her for taking the opportunity to do something practical.

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  • Such a beautiful song and act from such a caring person. Wonderful way to help get her message out.

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  • Lke da

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  • So many lives are disrupted and in turmoil and there is so much sorrow and loss in the world. It makes me wonder whether there will be any stability or whether things will continue to get worse.

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  • Good on her. These children need all the love!!

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