Every so often, news from Aleppo, Syria, makes headlines across the world: the haunting image of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh pulled from the rubble, a young girl from the besieged city tweeting about the bombing around her, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson's stupefying question, "What is Aleppo?" But once the outrage sparked by these stories die down, the horrors in Aleppo (and the rest of Syria) seem to be temporarily forgotten. And like all other violent conflicts, the children in Syria are the ones paying the heaviest price.
A new campaign launched by the Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) Media Office wants to remind the world once again of the plight of Syria's children. Dubbed #AvengersInAleppo, the campaign shows young children in Aleppo calling for help from the fictional superhero team from Marvel.
"Let's tell everyone, Syrians are resorting to fantasy to survive reality," the organization wrote in a press release. ""Avengers in Aleppo' campaign sends a message from Syria to the whole world, 'your silence and complacency are killing us and displacing us.'"
#AvengersInAleppo is the latest campaign by the RFS to bring attention to the suffering of Syrian children. At the height of the Pokémon Go craze in summer, the organization capitalized on the game's popularity to highlight the same cause of saving Syrian children from the ongoing civil war.
Now in its fifth year, the Syrian war has displaced millions and caused a refugee crisis that European governments are still struggling with. Tens of thousands have died making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea; the ones who do make it are stuck in a limbo trying to gain entry into countries reluctant to take them in.
Since it began in 2011, the war has affected 7.5 million children in Syria. In Aleppo, the epicenter of the humanitarian crisis, one in three children have been born after the conflict began, and so they have known nothing but war their whole lives.
The RFS Media Office, a media platform for "revolutionary forces operating on the ground inside Syria," both reports and communicates with international media outlets, according to its description. It is one among the many organizations valiantly toiling to remind the world of Syria's conflict, an important and necessary responsibility.
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