Banksy joins the global campaign #WithSyria
Make it stop
In a stark symbol of hope, British street artist Banksy is promoting various interpretations of his painting 'girl with a red balloon.' The social activist is urging people to make use of social networks around the world to express their support for the campaign, adapt their own take on the image, entirely at their own discretion, and upload their photos using the hashtag #WithSyria.
With his characteristic stencil techniques Banksy has created variations on the theme of a girl with a balloon, however the most famous of these is the one discovered in the South Bank of London in 2002 on the wall of a stairway. In this work an innocent girl is reaching for a red heart-shaped balloon that is just beyond her grasp, and the words “there is always hope” are placed behind her.
According to various estimates, Syria's civil unrest has seen more than 180,000 people die due to catastrophic violence, including at least 10,000 children. Millions of lives have devastated by the war since the first demonstration that took place 2011, and Buro 24/7 Middle East joins Banksy in support of the campaign that it must stop.