Thursday, 11 June 2015

'We are the child': the anti-Assad slogan spreading across the Middle East

A man evacuates a child from a building following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on May 30, 2015. Barrel bombs dropped from regime helicopters killing more than 70 civilians in Aleppo, while government forces in neighbouring Iraq retook an area west of the jihadist-controlled city of Ramadi. AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRI

'People across the Arab world have been expressing solidarity with child victims of barrel bomb attacks in Syria - and opposing President Assad - with the hashtag "we are the child, you are the barrel".

One of the first people to tweet the hashtag was Mahmoud Owaimer. As a Palestinian living in Gaza, Mahmoud told BBC Trending that the suffering of Syrians reminds him of the recent war with Israel and the shelling of Gaza. "What hurts is that we've seen the war in Syria going on for four years and we can't see any end to it. It would move anyone, wherever they are, to want to speak out." '

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