Syrian artist Khaled Akil has used the game's popularity to highlight the plight of children in war-torn countries. The series, entitled ''Pokémon Go in Syria,'' features photographs of areas of conflict captured by AFP photographers which Akil has superimposed Pokémon characters in to.

In a statement to TNW, Akil explained: ''The news of Syria is everywhere, and now the Pokémon Go game is trending.''

''The mix between these two made me wonder what it would be like to hunt for a Pokémon character among the rubble in Syria, and how a virtual game attracts more attention than the atrocities committed daily in real-life Syria.''

''[The series does] not blame people for not paying attention to Syria. It is just a spotlight on what is happening there.''