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British illustrator auctions his drawings to help Syrians

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A British illustrator has raised some $80,000 to fund medical supplies and equipment for hospitals in Syria after his recent visit to the conflict-ravaged country.

“Everybody we speak to has not questioned for a second donating or buying a ticket. We sold 450 tickets in a month, and we have got 40 different lots all donated,” the illustrator, George Butler, told Al Arabiya during the fund-raising event in London.

Butler’s illustrations are not just about the suffering of civilians, but also the insistence to carry on living despite the pain inflicted by the Syrian regime.

“I really did them because it was something I could offer, a different point of view from cameras and films. The process is different. You are there for an hour or 30 minutes, so you are picking up different things. It is really a way of documenting something,” Butler added.

Butler entered Syria from Turkey twice, and was greeted with open arms and protection from the rebel Free Syrian Army, which provided him with logistical support so he could inform the British people of the ongoing crisis.