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Gruffalo illustrator’s refugee art

11 October, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Axel Scheffler with the image

THE illustrator of the popular Gruffalo children book has created a new image to raise funds for refugees and migrants.

Axel Scheffler spent two-and-a-half hours sketching the image based on a poem created by refugees who use the services at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants in Cross Street.

The poem, Trees of Home, centres on family separation for refugees who are forced out of their country due to war or other catastrophes.

A past sketch for the Tribune

Mr Scheffler said: “Some of the most cherished childhood memories involve parents reading stories to their children. As a children’s book illustrator, I cannot bear the thought of children being separated from their parents and missing out on these small moments that make family life wonderful.

“But current UK rules are keeping refugee families apart – children who have fled war and conflict reach safety in the UK only to be prevented from ever seeing their parents again. Children need their parents, it’s time for these rules to change.”

The top auction bid will go to Amnesty International and Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants.

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