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Christian art sharing Syria horrors tours UK

Farid Georges has described an exhibition which includes his works of art as a "cry for help" for Syrian people now living as refugees, scattered across the world. The 70 year old is an Syriac Orthodox Christian.

Father Frans credit Farid Georges

One of his pieces, The Explosion, captures a blast witnessed by Farid during an attack on his home city of Homs in 2013. He says he knows "many, many people" who have died in the fighting.

One of his paintings (pictured below), Forgiveness in Ma'aloula", points beyond the conflict to the hope of Syrian Christians for ultimate peace and reconciliation.

It depicts Jesus standing astride two hills - which form faces staring at each other - to represent his desire for unity and reconciliation between Islam and Christianity.

Forgiveness in Ma'aloula credit Farid Georges

He said: "Peace is within sight. In Syria, there is such a level of destruction and there have been so many atrocities that there is barely much else that can happen. The normal thing now is for people to come back to their senses, so peace is not very far away.

"I am hopeful that I will return to Syria and help to rebuild it," he continued. "I am hopeful that there will be peace again in Syria.

"We just have to be left alone. We don't need anyone to meddle in our affairs, any external interventions. We know how to live together."

Farid Georges

Farid's paintings form part of the Portraits of Faith: Syria's Christians Search for Peace exhibition which has been organised by the Catholic charity helping persecuted Christians, Aid to the Church in Need.

Following viewings at cathedrals in Lancaster, Wrexham and Salford, his paintings are on display at Shrewsbury Cathedral this weekend before exhibits planned for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Click here to listen to Premier's Alex Williams speaking with Aid to the Church in Need's Caroline Hull:

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