Saturday 21 September 2019

Star support: Gere visits refugees on stranded boat

Helping hand: Hollywood star Richard Gere on board the Open Arms distributing food for the stranded refugees yesterday
Helping hand: Hollywood star Richard Gere on board the Open Arms distributing food for the stranded refugees yesterday

Valerio Nicolosi

Actor Richard Gere yesterday brought food and supplies to migrants on a rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean.

The Open Arms - with 121 people on board - has been floating in international waters off the island of Lampedusa for more than a week after being blocked from ports in Italy and Malta.

Gere (69) arrived by boat to distribute supplies and spoke to a number of migrants who fled war-torn Libya on unseaworthy smuggling boats before being rescued.

The father of two shared photos of his younger son, born in February, with one refugee who had his own baby with him.

Gere has a long history of human rights activism and has been banned from China for advocating for Tibet.

He happened to be in Italy this week and after seeing news about the boat's plight, contacted the Spanish charity Open Arms and asked how he could help, a spokeswoman for the group told the Associated Press yesterday.

Irish Independent

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