Paddington Bear is a symbol of kindness to refugees we should never forget

A children’s story about a bumbling bear with a heart of gold is perhaps not the first place you would expect to glean insights into the trauma of World War II or the plight of the refugee. But Michael Bond’s Paddington was born into a world torn to pieces by a destructive conflict. His story is that of the refugee—and it remains as relevant today as it was when Bond, who died aged 91 on June 27, created him in the 1950s.

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