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savethechildren19.jpg Illustrating the plight of refugees

The UK’s first exhibition to explore the reality of the refugee crisis through illustration has opened in Sunderland.

Curated by House of Illustration this exhibition documents refugee journeys, both observed and experienced first hand, from 2015-2018, a time when wars in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, and human rights abuses and conflict in Eritrea and sub-Saharan Africa, pushed hundreds of thousands to make dangerous sea crossings. Rebecca Ball, Creative Director of Sunderland Culture: “Whilst confronting hard truths about the realities of the refugee crisis and situations which are unimaginable to most of us ‘Journey’s Drawn’ is incredibly moving, humanising and a unique opportunity to learn more about the struggles of refugees in a sensitive manner.” A woman cradling a baby, a child’s drawing of his friends playing football surrounded by tanks, and men huddled inside refugee camps at Calais, are just of the closely observed scenes captured by artists, who ventured into war zones and camps to capture the lives of people at the very heart of the refugee crisis.

Journeys Drawn: Illustrations from the Refugee Crisis, until 22 September, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. sunderlandculture.org.uk