Syrian artist Khaled Akil has used the game's popularity to show the plight of children in war-torn countries, such as his homeland if Syria. 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.''