Neymar Jr. says it’s time to “STOP”

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On Sept. 16, Neymar Jr. told his 81 million Instagram followers that he stands with our Stop Bombing Civilians campaign. The soccer start wrote “STOP” on his hand, then posted a selfie on Instagram.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, children benefiting from his foundation, Instituto Neymar Jr., added their support by taking pictures with the “STOP” message written on their hands.

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Handicap International supporters all over the world are taking selfies this month with the word “STOP” written on their hands to raise awareness on the acute humanitarian problems caused by the bombing of civilians.

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Join Neymar Jr. by sharing your very own STOP selfie using the hashtag #StopBombingCivilians or #StopBombing. Published photographs are being featured on Handicap International’s Stop Bombing Instagram page alongside photos of bombing victims to underline the public’s solidarity with them.

This global campaign demands an end to the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. Explosive weapons kill and inflict suffering and serious injuries, which can result in permanent disabilities and serious psychological trauma. A shocking 92 percent of casualties are civilians when such weapons are used in urban settings. Survivors are often forced to flee, as explosive weapons destroy essential infrastructure such as houses, schools, and hospitals.

HI is also urging supporters to sign the Stop Bombing Civilians petition. The petition counts more than 365,000 signatures, and will be presented to political decision-makers next year at the United Nations, with hopefully 1 million signatures.

Neymar Jr. joined the Handicap International family as our first Global Ambassador on Aug. 15, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland, where he stood atop the iconic Broken Chair monument in front of the United Nations, and kicked a football down the avenue of flags.