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Banksy Has Updated His Famous 'The Girl With The Balloon' Artwork To Stand With Syria

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 Has Updated His Famous 'The Girl With The Balloon' Artwork To Stand With Syria

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Banksy's original artwork...


...and his new, edited version in support of #WithSyria:

Here is the message Banksy has on his official website, too:

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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:

Images courtesy of John Scully, Walden University, Ingrid Scully
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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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