"If you know, you are responsible. Tell the stories, paint the pictures, write the letters…and become a friend to these people."
Helen officially launched her new album "Letters from the Fifth Estate" on 20 June, in conjunction with World Refugee Day, a day commemorating the plight of refugees which is an issue very close to Helen's heart.
"Letters from the Fifth Estate" serves as a collection of musical letters expressing the needs of many globally who cannot speak for themselves. Helen hopes that "those who listen to the songs will in some way not only be moved by the message, but inspired, even spurred on, to act in some way themselves."
Helen has spent much time with refugees, child soldiers, people living with HIV and those who have experienced the horrors of ethnic and religious cleansing. She knows that "these are no more statistics on a page or stories in a book. I have met and shared time with people who are, or have been, these things, and it is from such experiences and relationships that the new songs have been born."
Helen's album is available on her website, www.helenmottee.com, and also by e-mailing Crossroads at [email protected].