Desperate Syrian children turn to Pokemon to catch world attention

Syrian children, who live under constant bombardment in the war-torn country, have in the past few days taken advantage of the global craze for the smartphone game Pokemon Go to draw attention to their plight.

Pictures of Syrian children holding photos of Pokemon characters along with messages calling to be rescued have gone viral on social media.

The Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) Media Office, a media outlet based in Turkey, tweeted scenes of Syria's five-year conflict along with those of Syrian children carrying images of Pokemon characters waiting to be spotted.

One picture shows a child holding a photo of a Pokemon character on which is written: "I'm in the Idlib countryside, come and save me." Idlib, mostly controlled by rebels, is in north-western Syria. 

Another child is seen with a message reading: "I'm from Syria ... save me."

"If the Pokemon game characters that spread in Syria managed to get out of the pictures ... they would cry for help from the horrible things happening there," the RFS Media Office wrote on Twitter.

Pokemon Go is a virtual reality game that has become widely popular around the world since its launch earlier this month.

Players catch and interact with Pokemon characters that appear superimposed onto real physical locations when viewed through their device's camera, in a technique known as augmented reality.

Last update: Fri, 22/07/2016 - 19:57
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