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Watch Chris Cornell’s Final Music Video: ‘The Promise’

Chris Cornell's final music video highlights the work he did to shine a light on humanitarian issues

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Chris Cornell’s official music video for his song ‘The Promise’ was released this morning. Cornell’s song comes from the soundtrack of a film with the same name, which tells the story of refugees from the Armenian Genocide of 1915–1917. ‘The Promise’ was Cornell’s last release prior to his passing, and it was released in honor or World Refugee Day.

In April 2017, Cornell and his family toured refugee camps in Greece and it was there that they decided The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation would focus its efforts on child refugees and the issues affecting them including education, health and human trafficking.

A press release includes a quote from Cornell, who discussed ‘The Promise’ around the time of the song’s release. Cornell said, “‘The Promise’ to me is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it’s also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the words ‘never again’ seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world. Even in the US, the warning signs – isolating groups based on race and religion – are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can. As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it’s important. Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence, and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other’s human rights.”

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