Contextualising the conflict in Syria
Revd Andrew Ashdown is an Anglican priest, who has been visiting the Middle East for 35 years, and is currently undertaking Doctoral Research into Christian-Muslim relations in Syria. Andrew visited the country several time before the conflict, and has visited Syria ten times, both independently and with delegations, since 2014, travelling extensively in the country, including some of the areas most affected by the war, and meeting with people from all communities, and at all levels of society. He was one of the first people into East Aleppo just hours after districts of the city were restored to Government control, and meeting with internally displaced people as they emerged from ‘rebel’ held areas. His most recent visit was in April 2018.