The Syria crisis hasn’t slowed down. Over 100,000 people have died in three years, with thousands of Syrians displaced, many of whom are women and children.
But many are still standing with Syria, including the street artist Banksy, who has reworked his famous and popular street artwork of a girl reaching for a red balloon. The original depicted a young girl with flowing hair reaching for a heart-shaped balloon just beyond her grasp. The new version of his classic stencil is a young Syrian girl reaching for a balloon, accompanied by a #WithSyria hashtag — part of a global vigil campaign to mark the three years since the crisis began.
Have a look at the following below:
1. Banksy’s original artwork and the reworked piece, plus his website message in support of #WithSyria.
2. Photographs of young Syrian children holding red balloons as part of the #WithSyria campaign.
3. Actor Idris Elba with a red balloon supporting the campaign.
4. The animated campaign video for #WithSyria with Idris Elba narrating and music by the band Elbow.
Banksy’s original artwork…
…and his new, edited version in support of #WithSyria:
Here is the message Banksy has on his official website, too:
Photos of Syrian children holding red balloons in the style of Banksy’s famous image, taken especially for the campaign:
3. Idris Elba supporting the campaign:
4. The beautiful animated video for the campaign, narrated by Idris Elba and music by Elbow: