“How can people be frightened of people who’ve suffered so much?” Mandy Patinkin says as he lifts someone’s child from a raft and safely to shore on the Greek island of Lesvos. The star of TV’s Homeland traveled to Greece to lend a hand and bring some awareness to the refugee crisis that’s been hitting this island particularly hard.
The video was posted to the International Rescue Committee’s Facebook page and YouTube accounts and has been viewed by millions of people and shared tens of thousands of times, making it yet another “viral” video from Greece.
In an article he wrote for the Washington Post, Patinkin compared the refugees’ journeys today to those made by his own relatives who fled Poland and Russia in the 20th century.
“As I listened to the stories of these new generations of refugee families and thought of past generations of my own, the fear-mongering news cycles faded away, and I saw clearly that we cannot fight fear and hatred with more fear and hatred.
“We must not allow the horrific actions of madmen to cut us off from our humanity,” he wrote.