Benedict Cumberbatch and Caitlin Moran have turned to the words of poet Warsan Shire to highlight the plight of refugees

Launching a charity single to raise funds for Save the Children, Benedict Cumberbatch quoted from a poem by British-Somali poet Warsan Shire, which includes the lines: “No-one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark… No-one puts their child in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”?

Cumberbatch added, “As people watching this tragedy unfold from the safety of our homes, with our safe children, we want to say that we see you, we hear you and help is coming.”

Crowded House’s song ‘Help is Coming’ is being rereleased for the fundraising campaign, accompanied by a new video featuring the Sherlock and Hamlet actor. The campaign has been speedily put together by writer Caitlin Moran and her husband Pete Paphides in response to the crisis in Syria. 

The Poetry Society was swift to lend its support when Moran called for help with the recording earlier this week. Read Warsan Shire’s powerful poem ‘Conversations about Home in the Deportation Centre’ on our UK pages of Poetry International.

The single is available now to download from iTunes.