A song by Nigerian reggae musician Majek Fashek has become the message of a new music video in support of refugees and asylum seekers fleeing political and religious violence.
The “We Are Not Afraid” video features 175 global music and film stars – from fellow Nigerian Femi Kuti to Ivorian native Alpha Blondy to American blues legend Buddy Guy – holding placards that repeat the phrase in the hopes of ending the fear of migrants and refugees, while raising awareness on human rights issues and humanitarian aid.
“The idea for ‘We Are Not Afraid’ resulted from the increasing senseless violence experienced by citizens of this world,” explains producer Steve Weitzman, “and a desire to try and make a difference by bringing awareness to the issues and organizations dedicated to helping victims.”
The project promotes nonviolence, respect for diversity, universal education and the peaceful resolution of conflict, and aims to show solidarity with global citizens – and their aid worker representatives – who are not afraid to welcome and help victims.
Fashek’s song was chosen because it best expressed what participants believe and feel, and was the right fit for the project, the video team said. The project was directed by former 10cc band member Kevin Godley.
Image: We Are Not Afraid/Irma Thomas