Award-winning Australian musician, Missy Higgins has released her newest song, titled ‘Oh Canada’, which is about 3 year old Syrian refugee Alan (originally reported as Aylan) Kurdi and his family’s plight for sanctuary.
The video clip of the song includes drawings by children in a Caritas program in Damascus, Syria.
Missy Higgins was compelled to write the song after seeing the haunting images last year of Alan lying lifeless on a beach in Turkey. Alan’s family, like millions of others, was fleeing the bloody conflict in Syria.
Missy Higgins says:
“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. From where I sat in my comfortable living room nursing my newborn son, the tiny child in that wrenching image could have been my own little boy. I felt overwhelmed by a profound protective instinct for him and people like him.
“Alan died along with his little brother, his mother and many other Syrian people on that boat. The only survivor of the Kurdi family was Alan’s father, Abdullah. My heart wept for Abdullah – his loss was literally unimaginable.
“Writing songs has always been my way of dealing with strong feelings and this situation obviously stirred up a lot of emotions. So initially I started writing about it just to try and make some sense out of something so senseless.”
Source: Caritas Australia
Read more about the song and video, and the work Caritas is doing in Syria here.