Throughout her career, M.I.A. has proven to be as sharp a voice as any in the continued struggle for equality and civil liberties the world over. “Paper Planes” took on globalization, “Double Bubble Trouble” hit CCTV like few before it. There have been countless anthems in-between and on the outer-edges, but this past weekend, while you were all still recovering from your attempts at death-by-white-meat, the Sri Lankan visionary took another bold stance, laying out for the Syrian refugee crisis in a stunning visual treatment for her latest single “Borders,” which hit the Internet a few weeks back and dipped before anyone could actually click on it.
Here you’ll find M.I.A. amongst countless endangered bodies fleeing from their war-torn home-turf by any means necessary, climbing sky-scraping fences and packing into sea-born vessels, all united in their very real and very vital escape plans. It’s a clip that demands empathy and compassion for those in flight, specially a time when there are so few countries opening their own borders to the embattled masses. Watch M.I.A.’s self-directed new video for “Borders” below and grab a copy of the single on iTunes today.