About Mandy Patinkin
In November 2015, Tony and Emmy award–winning star of stage and screen Mandy Patinkin (Evita, “Homeland,” "The Princess Bride") traveled to the Greek island of Lesbos and witnessed firsthand the refugee crisis gripping Europe. Alongside International Rescue Committee aid workers, he met families who had fled Syria and other war-torn countries in hope of finding a better life for their children. Mandy was deeply moved by the mountains of lifejackets left behind by refugees who had risked their lives in flimsy boats to cross the Aegean—a symbol of the desperation and despair afflicting millions across the region.
“I don't get how people in different countries all over the world can be frightened of people who suffered so much, who are so in need, who are so desperately asking to have freedom, justice and dignity," Mandy said during his visit. "Just give them a welcome.”
Mandy has since revisited IRC programs in Greece and traveled with the IRC to Serbia and Germany. On his next journey with the IRC, he will visit communities in Uganda that are giving a warm welcome to refugees who have fled war and persecution in neighboring South Sudan.