"He Was Alone" was inspired by lone child refugees he met at camps on the Turkish / Syrian border

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Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) has released a single to raise funds and awareness for lone child refugees.

“He Was Alone” was inspired by lone child refugees he met at camps on the Turkish / Syrian border. The song has been backed by Sean Penn, Miley Cyrus and others – and Islam has also called on the likes of Pete Townsend, Blondie and Queen to help promote it using the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone.

He said in a statement: “While the world faces incomprehensible numbers and statistics created by the refugee crisis, the tragedy and story of a single soul gets missed.

“It was difficult to stand by just watching this tragedy without trying to do something. I simply decided to help humanise the narrative and lend my voice to the call for keeping hearts and doors open to every refugee, especially youngsters, who have lost what future they might have once hoped for.”

The single will be performed at an exclusive sold out live concert at Central Hall Westminster on 14 June.

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