Published On: Fri, Jul 22nd, 2016

Syrian kids plea through Pokemon GO to save them


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Recently, a little different type of Pokemon images has been flowing on social media.

Sketching from the game’s objective of looking for and catching Pokemon, the images characterizes Syrian kids grasping up posters that read, “I am here, come save me”. Together with a picture of a Pokemon and the site of the kid.


The pictures are an appeal to all world which is getting a fondness to Pokemon, that not to forget Syria that has been at war for five years.

The images are penned in Arabic, one picture reads, “I live in Kafr Nabl, the Aleppo countryside. Come catch me.”

One more read, “I am a Pokémon at Idlib in Syria, would you please come and save me?”

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The images are being public by the Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office (RFS) in anticipations of taking these kids’ petitions crosswise globe and bring the world’s notice to the Syria crisis.

A spokesperson for RFS stated in an interview that “With the media stretch wide for Pokemon game we decided to publish these images to highlight the suffering of the Syrian people from the bombing of the forces of order and Air-Assad to the Syrian people and besiege them. 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.”

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Some reports have revealed that these pictures have been circulated over 21,500 times.

These are not the just single employing Pokemon Go to lift up wakefulness in Syria, graphic designer Saif Aldeen Tahhan is moreover employing the application to demonstrate the grisly demolition the country is confronting.

He quoted by saying that “I created these images as a way to turn attention to the Syrian war, and to focus on Syrian suffering instead of Pokémon, which people are crazy about,”

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He further stated that “The world has become obsessed with this video game, so I told myself why not use it as a medium to convey our suffering.” He continued “Everyone is now searching for Pokémon, however, Syrians are searching for the basic necessities of life. Honestly, I don’t think the world feels for us,”

Innumerable innocent has been laid their lives in this five-year civil war and has left over a section of a million kids living in the blockade, Save The Children has stated in the report.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.