Reunited: Syrian refugee and the artist who drew him in Calais

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At a London exhibition on migrants, Olivier Kugler and Ammar Raad meet for the first time since their 2016 encounter in a shack

It was a bright Calais morning when Ammar Raad, a refugee, and Olivier Kugler, an artist from Germany, first met inside a makeshift shack in April 2016.

“It was cold when we met. I know we were using the heater,” recalls Raad, a Syrian who was 24 when the war started in his home. Kugler later drew a picture of Raad just as he had found him, sitting on the floor beside the heater and a pile of plastic cups, his green eyes leaping from the image.

Related: The Syrian crisis – through artists’ eyes

When you are in the camp it is very boring. You want to talk to new people. It is a connection with the world out there

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