Just back from being in Palermo with @theirc seeing the work that’s done with refugees from East and West Africa. I’d like to dedicate my version of Randy Newman’s “Wandering Boy” to all the displaced boys and girls we’ve met all over the world. #Repost @nonesuchrecords with @get_repost ・・・ Here's a bit of @MandyPatinkin performing @RandyNewmanOfficial's "Wandering Boy" at @ConnellyTheater (@NYTW79) with Adam Ben-David on piano last October. You can watch the full video and listen to the studio version, recorded with Thomas Bartlett (@tingalayo), on their just-released Diary: December 2018, at mandypatinkindiary.com. Also on the album are songs written by Patinkin, @PaulSimonOfficial, Stephin Merritt (@TheMagFields), @BiffRose, @TeiturLassen, and @JohnGrantOfficial. . #mandypatinkin #randynewman #wanderingboy #connellytheater #nytw #nyc #thomasbartlett #diary #paulsimon #stephinmerritt #themagneticfields #biffrose #teitur #johngrant #nonesuch #nonesuchrecords
America said welcome to both my family and Kathryn’s – and that’s why we’re alive. In my worst days, I think of refugees who have risked their lives to find safety and of the difficulty they face and it makes me alive. They inspire me. @theirc has been my teacher in showing me stories all over the world. When you see places like Palermo and Uganda where they’re giving welcome, you realize that’s the way the world should be. And realize that’s what you want to share with the world. We’re here to live and take care of each other. When given the chance, refugees thrive. Please visit the link in my bio for more information on IRC’s work across Europe and how you can help at this critical time. 📷: @vignetteglobal
I truly believe that integration and “welcome” are what is most needed in the world right now, as the number of people displaced is larger today than any other time since WWII. And we saw this first-hand with friends Emanuela and Federica. Both young girls live in a home for unaccompanied boys and girls, ages 16-21, for Italians and refugees. Emanuela is an 18-year old refugee from Nigeria who has been through more than any of us can imagine. Now safe in Italy, she goes to confectionary school. She told us it’s always been her dream to be a cake designer and confectioner and it’s also what “they told me that’s what my mom was and I guess I took that from her.” Federica and Emanuela held each other’s hand the entire conversation. I believe they’ll be friends for life. You too can be a friend to refugees around the world. Give refugees a new opportunity to thrive. Support @theirc. We need to do the right thing. As Emanuela told me, “I would tell the world that we’re all human beings.” That’s all there is. 📷: @vignetteglobal
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Italy without a few gelato breaks. We’ve never had a sugar high like this!
We met a young man who I think is the next Mandela, 21 year old Ousman from Gambia. We started the conversation by him explaining to us that “What everyone needs to know is that living in your home country is the best thing. Living with your family is the best thing. If you flee, there’s a reason.” I asked him how he deals with negativity that sometimes comes his way. His answer? “I don’t get angry. I try to know what this person is. I try to understand. If you want to talk, I’ll talk. If not, I won’t force you.” Ousman represents what all refugees I’ve met bring: intelligence, hard work, kindness, leadership. We have to welcome people like him into our lives. 📷: @vignetteglobal
While in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, Italy with @theirc, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Lino, the Ombudsman in Palermo and an Italian man who has dedicated his entire life to children. He’s been a volunteer for 45 years and, every day, he meets around 50 children. Lino told us it’s “his daily medicine to keep going.” Lino unfortunately didn’t have a childhood. He was born in post World War II in Naples and had to start working at age seven. Years later, when he became a father, he learned the importance of play and dedicated his life to making sure all children have a childhood. He calls himself a “child with white hair.” Ultimately, he believes his job is to protect the rights of children. For him, it’s simple: ALL children have the same rights. No matter religion or color of skin. Refugee or not. I couldn’t agree more. Sicily hosts around 40% of Italy’s unaccompanied children. Lino worked to build what he called an “army” of volunteers— Italian citizens— to stand up for their rights. When refugees, asylum seekers and migrants do arrive to Italy, one of the greatest challenges are documents. Processes can take up to 2-3 years and often times are denied, tearing their hopes and dreams. We need to work to change these impediments to offering these wonderful human beings a new beginning. Lino’s message to the world: “It’s not human and not fair to break hopes and dreams of kids. We gave kids hopes and dreams and tore them down.” Lino is an inspiration and he demonstrated to us what we all have the capacity to do: Welcome the most vulnerable. 📷: @vignetteglobal
My third Diary series with Thomas Bartlett, Diary: December 2018, is out now! This latest Diary entry includes songs by Paul Simon, Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Randy Newman, Biff Rose, Teitur, and John Grant, and two songs written by yours truly. Please listen and download now at http://www.mandypatinkindiary.com/
1 in 110 people on the planet is a refugee or displaced person. But I know at first-hand that @theirc is there – in 40 countries and 28 cities in the U.S., from Yemen to the U.S. Mexico border, helping refugees and displaced people whose lives have been shattered by conflict. I also know that the IRC never, ever gives up on refugees. That’s why this #GivingTuesday – and every day – I’m proud to support their critical work. Please join me supporting their work. Visit my link in bio to donate – and thank you.