“Dangerous Crossings” is part of a major campaign by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to spread awareness about the dangers of crossing to war-stricken Yemen through the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea from Africa, highlighting the horrendous conditions and rising risks in Yemen.
The music is arranged by acclaimed Hollywood producer George Acogny and the video is directed by Egyptian film director Amr Salama. Aaarmaanta’s song “Tahriib” sowed the seed for the creation of “Dangerous Crossings”, with the Somali lyrics forming the basis of the chorus. The song marks the launch of the UNHCR Dangerous Crossings campaign and intends to send a key message – to make people think very carefully before deciding to cross to Yemen.
Prominent artists featuring include – Maryam Mursal and Aarmaanta from Somalia, Yeshie Demalash, Dawit Nega and Tadele Roba from Ethiopia, and Hany Adel from Egypt.
"Dangerous Crossings - The Making of a Campaign" is a compilation of the five Behind the Scenes videos intended for distribution on social media, which reveal the writing, rehearsing, recording and filming process of creating an international humanitarian campaign.