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.
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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