“It’s the most beautiful news.” That’s how Madame Monsieur described the April 20th report that Mercy — the infant born on an SOS Mediterranée rescue boat — has been found alive and well in an Italian refugee camp.
French journalist Eric Valmir of “France Inter” shared the news on Twitter, along with an adorable photo that shows the young Nigerian refugee looking healthy, bright and happy.
It’s important to note that “France Inter” is not connected with the TV channel France 2, the French Eurovision delegation or Madame Monsieur. Clearly touched by the song “Mercy” and the story of his child, they conducted an independent investigation to locate her.
Mercy is a testament to the resilience present in so many refugees who make the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean in search of a better life. Sporting a red jumper with a bear on the front, a pair of blue jeans and black sneakers, she looks a world away from the immense danger she faced not so long ago.
Avec @apuglia nous avons retrouvé #Mercy née sur #Aquarius @SOSMedFrance l'an dernier et qui a inspiré la chanson de @MadameMonsieur qui representera la #France à @Eurovision. Reportage en Sicile dans le camp de réfugiés où elle vit avec sa mère. A venir sur @franceinter pic.twitter.com/3jyOnn7OCq
— Eric Valmir (@ericvalmir) April 20, 2018
Indeed, her apparent health and loving spirit belie the particularly difficult start to her life.
As you’ll recall, Mercy was born on an SOS Mediterranée rescue boat as her family attempted to reach Europe. Madame Monsieur read her story and immediately began putting pen to paper, the result being their Eurovision 2018 song.
SOS Mediterranée is a group which works for the rescue of people in distress in the Mediterranean Sea. Their harrowing work comes to life in “Mercy”.
“I was born this morning, my name is Mercy / in the middle of the sea, between two countries, Mercy / it was a long way and mom took it / she had me in the skin, eight and a half months”.
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The duo also shine a light on the migrant crisis with their official music video.
Taking an international approach, the video criss-crosses Europe, taking in cities including Rome, Paris, Lisbon and London.
Starting alone, illuminated only by flares, Madame Monsieur are gradually joined by a growing group of migrants of all ages.
Throughout the video, various clips show people on the move and looking forward. The visuals work to amplify the song’s own message of hope and humanity.
Are you as touched by the photo of Mercy as we are? Have you thought about making a donation to SOS Mediterranée to help support their important work? Let us know down below!