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​new street art in camden raises awareness of the refugee experience

It’s part of a project from the British Red Cross that includes The Long Road, a record featuring Kindness, Robert Plant and more.

by Matthew Whitehouse
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03 March 2016, 1:31pm

The British Red Cross have commissioned street artist to paint a refugee inspired mural in Camden to raise awareness of The Long Road, a new musical project by artists including Kindness, Scroobius Pip and i-D favourite Robert Plant. Featuring the face of Syrian refugee Ayman Hirh -- whose life as a successful businessman forced to flee Syria with his family was the inspiration behind recent Kindness' track A Retelling -- the work by street artist PANG aims to encourage people to think of refugees as the individuals they are as opposed to the "swarm" described by compassionate conservative David Cameron last summer.

"It has been great to meet PANG and share my story through this street art mural and to be involved in the project as a whole," says Ayman, one of an staggering nine million refugees that are estimated to have fled Syria since the outbreak of civil war in 2011. "I hope that my experience and the album will encourage people to think about the reasons people like me are forced to leave home before they judge us". You can see the mural for yourself in Camden, watch a film about the album, below, and find out more about the project at thelongroad.uk.