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Popular British graffiti artist Banksy has shown his support for the #WithSyria campaign by reworking his iconic image of a little girl with a balloon, entitled ‘There is Always Hope’, to show a Syrian child.
Banksy is one of hundreds of thousands of people joining together this week to show solidarity with the Syrian people. Vigils will be held in more than 30 countries, including in both refugee camps and host communities in Jordan, in major capitals around the world including Washington, Paris and London, and in countries that have current or very recent experience of conflict within their own borders, including Sudan, the DRC and Mexico.
In all these countries, people are calling on political leaders to do all they can to ensure we’re not marking four years of conflict in 12 months time.
The humanitarian suffering caused by the crisis is overwhelming.
- More than 9.3 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance, including 6.5 million within Syria's borders.
- There are now more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries.
- Half of these refugees are children.
- Thousands continue to flee Syria daily.
You can make a difference
Donate your profile picture on Facebook or Twitter and join thousands of others as part of an iconic image that will be featured in Syria vigils around the world. On the eve of the anniversary, we’ll update your status to show your support.
Please check out the stunning but stark new #WithSyria video, with music from the band Elbow, who've donated their song 'The Blanket of Night', and voice over from the actor Idris Elba, who recently starred as Nelson Mandela in the film of 'Long Walk to Freedom'.
The #WithSyria campaign is a coalition of more than 90 organizations around the world, including Oxfam, Save the Children, Amnesty International and many more. We are uniting to stand with Syria as we reach the 3rd anniversary of the start of the conflict there – three years of suffering for the people of Syria, and three years of failure by the international community to bring about an end to the bloodshed.
Tell us in the comments below: Will you be joining a vigil for Syria?
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