Contemporary Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara urged visitors to an international aid symposium in Tokyo to try to "imagine" being in the shoes of displaced persons during a speech where he shared his experience of visiting refugee camps in Jordan.

At the event held Saturday at the United Nations University, Nara, known for his paintings of a small child staring at viewers, called for more attention to be given to vulnerable people in the world such as those who have fled the war in Syria.

The artist presented snapshots of the refugee camps Zaatari and Azraq, which he visited in March on behalf of a nonprofit organization involved in aid activities.