The idea for doing a supper for Syria came about after a family member returned from the Syrian border where she had been working as a doctor and she told us about the plight of Syrian refugees who were fleeing the long conflict in Syria.
My Sister in law Katherine Marland decided to hold her own supper for Syria and I decided to follow in her footsteps.
I have felt enormous empathy for refugees since I was a photojournalist for The Sunday Telegraph documenting the refugees who had been ethnically cleansed from Kosovo and flooded over the Albanian border in 1999.
While covering the conflict it is fair to say I was exposed to many negative situations but none left more a more indelible impression on me than witnessing the tide of humanity fleeing the violence, people who often had no idea what had become of their loved ones, had few possessions, no home to go and to all too often having walked many days witnessing terrible sights on their journey to a safe but uncertain future with just the clothes they were wearing.
We in the west are so privileged and have so very much to be thankful for I hope this Supper for Syria reminds us just how lucky we are and helps ‘Hands up’ with their valuable work.
– Drew Gardner