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Join us for "Signs of hope? Developments in the conflict in Syria and the role of religious communities in peace-building and reconciliation" - an illustrated talk by The Revd. Andrew Ashdown exploring the current situation in Syria and the role that Christian and Muslim communities are playing as signs of hope in the midst of suffering.

Revd Andrew Ashdown is an Anglican priest currently undertaking Doctoral Research at the University of Winchester in the field of Christian-Muslim Relations in Syria. As well as being a regular visitor to Syria prior to the conflict, Andrew has visited the country 9 times in the last three years. He has travelled widely in the country both independently and as a member of delegations, including visiting areas most affected by the conflict, and has met thousands of people from all communal backgrounds, including hundreds of internally displaced persons in different parts of the country. He has met with many senior religious and political leaders, both government and internal opposition figures in the country, and in December 2016, he witnessed the final battle for East Aleppo, and was the first British person to enter the Old City of Aleppo, and areas of East Aleppo just hours after the last snipers had been removed. In May 2017, he spent a whole month in Syria independently, and visiting communities in Damascus, Maaloula, Homs, Aleppo (East and West), Lattakia, Daraa, and the Lattakia hills bordering Idleb Province. He has also met with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Iraq. His research focusses on the religious dimensions of Syrian society and context.

Chaired by Professor Hugh Goddard with plenty of time for questions and discussion.

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