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Artwork by Shuh Lee

40 Artists for 40 Hour Famine

14th July, 2017

For the first time in its 42-year history, 40 Hour Famine has changed its focus, and is turning Australia’s attention to the refugee crisis.

As part of a collaboration between World Vision and Jacky Winter Group, 40 Australian-based artists have each created an original artwork that reflects the tragedy of conflict and displacement – the biggest humanitarian emergency of our time, which is currently gripping over 32.5 million children from around the world.

Artworks by the 40 artists involved are all based on the stories of three child refugees, forced to flee their homes: Sarah and Hani from Syria, and Nyabol from South Sudan.

Art therapy is used for children just like this resilient trio at refugee camps in Syria and South Sudan, where child-friendly spaces for recovery from trauma and simple play are provided by World Vision, among other humanitarian organisations.

According to organisers World Vision and Jacky Winter Group, the use of art in this recent project promotes healing two-fold: connecting the children experiencing the crisis with those who feel helpless observers, trying to make sense of the crisis as it streams into our lives daily.

View the digital gallery of artworks, with artist statements, and donate or sign up, here. Also take a moment to watch insightful short-films capturing the stories of Sara, Hani and Nyabol by clicking their names respectively.

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