The band will be a long-term patron of MOAS. To accompany the announcement, Chris Martin recorded an a cappella version of “Don’t Panic” for a video highlighting the organization’s work conducting rescue missions in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. Over the past two years, MOAS boats have rescued approximately 33,000 refugees – many from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – attempting to reach Europe on overcrowded and unsafe boats.
“Every year, MOAS rescue thousands of people who risk death at sea while searching for a better life,” Martin said. “But for an accident of geography, those people could be us and we could be them. For this reason, we’re proud to support MOAS’ life-saving work.”
Coldplay’s partnership with MOAS comes as the global refugee crisis continues after a devastating 2016, during which at least 5,079 people drowned or went missing trying to cross the Mediterranean alone. Political tensions over migrants and refugees have spiked as well thanks to Donald Trump’s immigration ban, which effectively closed the United States to refugees from seven predominately Muslim countries.
MOAS was founded in 2014 by Chris and Regina Catrambone after an estimated 400 men, women and children drowned off the island of Lampedusa in October 2013. “MOAS is a young organization that in a few years has managed to make a significant difference in mitigating one of the most heart-breaking humanitarian tragedies of our era,” said Regina. “However, there is still so much to be done. Coldplay’s support will allow our work to reach the hearts of a wider audience worldwide.”