I'm in solidarity with karim a syrian child two month-old, lost his eye and broke the skull of his head and lost his mother when they came under artillery bombardment of the Assad regime on the EasternGhouta— ???? ????????? Hadi (@HadiAlabdallah) December 18, 2017
He lives alone without a mother.#SolidarityWithKarim
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A 2-month-old baby named Karim from Ghouta, Syria, lost his eye due to the ongoing war, motivating countless Syrians, as well as others globally, to cover their eyes in solidarity.
The shelling that took place in the Hammuriye district in Eastern Ghouta is just one of the many issues locals have been struggling with since 2013, when President Bashar al Assad blocked the region.
Due to the blockade, aid agencies have had a hard time reaching the region, and as a result, many children have suffered with malnutrition. According to UNICEF, at least 1,100 children are struggling without food in Eastern Ghouta.
In order to raise awareness to Karim’s plight and the region’s struggles, Syrian journalist Hadi Al Abdullah shared details about the movement #SolidarityWithKarim online.
“Syrian children stand in solidarity with Karim, who lost his eye and had his skull broken by Assad regime shelling on his home in Eastern Ghouta. His mother was also killed by the same attack,” he said on Twitter.
Syrian children stand in solidarity with Karim, who lost his eye and had his skull broken by Assad regime shelling on his home in Eastern Ghouta. His mother was also killed by the same attack. #SolidarityWithKarim pic.twitter.com/TavgAkyQzf— ???? ????????? Hadi (@HadiAlabdallah) December 18, 2017
According to Abu Muhammed, Karim’s father, the family has only some bread to eat as he cannot work while the city is under siege is nearly impossible.
“It is very difficult to find a proper job under these circumstances,” he said.
He told reporters that now, his other children are helping to care for Karim.
IDA team in #SolidarityWithKarim a Syrian child who lost his eye, his skull is broken and his mother died after a bombardment by regime aircraft on #EasternGhouta he is two months old with no one cares of him pic.twitter.com/Y2SzWvKDJ2— IDA (@IndDoctorsAsso) December 19, 2017
People across the world are tweeting pics of themselves covering one eye in #SolidarityWithKarim. 2-month-old #BabyKarim, who fractured his skull and lost an eye in a bombing by the Assad regime on Eastern Ghouta, has become a symbol of resistance https://t.co/4UuaFJVA4h pic.twitter.com/ID5itY8ZoJ— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) December 19, 2017
It’s sad that we have to have campaigns like #SolidarityWithKarim to bring awareness to the atrocities that regimes inflict on children. From #Syria to #Palestine to #Yemen to #Kashmir to #Burma to #Iraq and beyond, no child in the world should have to bear this. #Gaza #Rohingya pic.twitter.com/jmKihxy6v7— Bint Idlib (@itsmenanice) December 20, 2017
It’s a real tragedy that, to this day, the war in Syria continues to ravage through cities, taking people’s livelihoods away, starving and killing children, and pushing people out of the country in great numbers.
Hopefully, this campaign will continue to spread so that international pressure can help to bring this war to an end.