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Richard bears witness to the Syrian refugee crisis after a visit to Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, near the Syrian border.

In February this year, Richard was invited to Lebanon, Greece and Serbia by the international aid organisation, World Vision, to witness and report on the crisis.

Richard, along with artist Ben Quilty, met many families who have escaped the nightmare of Islamic State, which now rules in many of the ancient towns and cities of Syria.

Richard describes it as the great exodus of our age, a flight of people on the scale of events in the Old Testament.

He says of the Syrian refugees, “If there’s one answer the world must make to the evil of ISIS, it is to help these people.”

Further information:

World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response HERE

Read Richard’s article for The Guardian HERE

Listen to Ben Quilty’s 2014 conversation about his time as artist-in-residence with the Australian Army in Afghanistan HERE

Hear Richard’s 2013 conversation about the true story behind his Booker Prize-winning book, The Narrow Road to the Deep North HERE

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