‘Find me’: Syrian kids use Pokemon Go to show plight
Pictures posted by a Syrian opposition group show crisis-hit children holding up famous critters from the game
The children of war-torn Syria are using the recently popular Pokemon Go game in hopes to attract international attention on their situation.
Pictures posted on social media by an opposition group show Syrian children holding up famous Pokemon characters and asking the users of the game to “find them” have been flooding Twitter and Facebook.
This wasn’t the first time Pokemon Go has been used to raise awareness on the situation in Syria.
Taim Shami, the spokesperson of Faces of Chance refugee advocacy organization, was the first to come up with a digital concept to shed light on the adversity faced by Syrian children
Shami used the Nintendo game to bring awareness about the desperation of the refugee community in the broken state, US Uncut, an action group reported.
Syrians have more pressing concerns than catching Pokemon If only augmented reality could save lives here is SyriaGo pic.twitter.com/QbzlKEbFJx— taim shami (@taimshamii) July 19, 2016
Shami has created a series of Pokemon Go-style illustrations, called SyriaGo, depicted things Syrian children need every day - lifebuoys, books, teddy bears and houses.
Over 300,000 Syrians have been killed since the conflict began in 2011 with more than 11 million civilians displaced from their home after anti-government protests intensified into a bloodshed civil war.