Coldplay debuted a short film promoting the work of refugee aid agency Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) featuring an a cappella version of "Don't Panic" on Thursday (Feb. 2). The band pledged to be a long-term patron for MOAS, which is credited with saving an estimated 33,000 refugees and migrants fleeing persecution and war in the Middle East with search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, according to The Guardian.
“Every year, MOAS rescue thousands of people who risk death at sea while searching for a better life. 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," says singer Chris Martin. The majority of the refugees saved by MOAS over the past two years -- often saved from overcrowded, unsafe rubber dinghies -- were from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. The latter two countries were among those included on the list of nations on President Trump's recent temporary 90-day ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations; the controversial order also blocks any refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, including those from war-ravaged Syria, who are indefinitely barred.