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Syrian children pose with drawings of Pokemon, pleading to be saved from violence

An air strike on an Islamic State-held town this week killed 60 people.

SYRIAN ACTIVISTS HAVE taken a new approach to highlighting the plight of children caught up in the conflict, using the new global phenomenon Pokemon Go.

The Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office, a group of media activists opposed to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, shared a series of powerful images of children holding up drawings of Pokemon.

The captions on Twitter read: ‘I am in Syria. Save me!’ and the account is using the hashtag #PrayForSyria, which was trending yesterday after a US air strike killed 60 people, including a number of children.


A spokesperson for the group told The Independent that they published the images “to highlight the suffering of the Syrian people from the bombing of the forces of order”.

We want to raise awareness and draw attention to the plight of Syrian children in besieged areas and the suffering of Syrian people who are attacked and killed by the Assad regime and its allies.

Syrian artist Moustafa Jano also shared a picture featuring two Pokemon on a boat journey to Europe with a group of refugees.

A second image shows the character Pikachu behind barbed wire at a border. The caption reads “…the border was closed and the laws of humanity changed…and they said to him you have to go to another planet to search for hope and peace.”

Activists have called for widespread protests after the air strike which killed dozens of citizens in a town held by the Islamic State group.

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