#SolidarityWithKarim: The Syrian baby without an eye



An image of a Syrian baby injured by government forces in the province of Eastern Ghouta has prompted social media activists to voice their condemnation via the hashtag #SolidarityWithKarim.


The three-month-old, known only by his first name Karim, lost his left eye and suffered wounds to his skull after attacks on the besieged province, which also killed his mother.


Eastern Ghouta is one of four de-escalation zones established in May by Russia, Iran and Turkey in order to stem the bloodshed of Syria’s six-year civil war. However, the region has been subjected to intensified air strikes from the Syrian regime in recent months, despite such attacks being expressly forbidden by the terms of the agreement, as well as a tightening of the blockade on food and aid.



Syrians on the ground and activists across the world have taken to social media to voice their solidarity with people in Ghouta, uploading pictures of themselves with their hands covering one eye as a tribute to Karim.


Syrian refugee Bana Alabed, who rose to prominence via social media during the siege of Aleppo, also took part in the campaign, calling for the attacks to stop.