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Desperate Syrian kids use Pokemon Go to cry for help

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The photographs of Syrian children holding pictures of Pokemon characters and asking the world to save them have been circulating online.

In Syria, more than 280,000 people, including children, have been killed and more than half the country displaced since the conflict began with anti-government protests in March 2011, AFP reported.

The photos of these children looking disheartened and holding pictures of Pokemon characters with the words: "I am here, come save me" were published on Facebook.

Each photo also indicated the location of each child in the different Syrian towns, reported UK's the Independent.

The photos were posted by the Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office (RFS), a platform for the forces operating on the ground inside Syria against Mr Bashar al-Assasd's presidential regime.

One of the children's sign read: "I am in Kafr Nabl on the outskirts of Idlib, come and save me."

Another read: "I am a Pokemon at Idlib in Syria, would you please come and save me?"

The RFS is based in Turkey and has reporters in the various Syrian cities. Its spokesman said: "With the media spread wide for Pokemon game, we decided to publish these images to highlight the suffering of the Syrian people...

"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."

Facebook user Dan How, who shared the pictures, posted: "OMG. Heart absolutely crushed... We care more about Pokemon Go than the children being killed in Syria and other places around the world."

Pokemon Go uses smartphone satellite location, graphics and camera capabilities to overlay cartoon monsters on real-world settings.