Demonstrator showing images of injured and dying children to highlight suffering of families during conflict
Grandad Saleem Mohammed has paraded a harrowing billboard on a Birmingham street to highlight the “massacre of children” in Gaza.
Saleem parked the billboard, showing images of injured and dying children, in a Sparkbrook road for two days. The vigil is a protest over UK media coverage of the Palestinian conflict.
The 50-year-old, from Leicester, says he wants as many people to see it as possible – even if they find it upsetting.
“I am very disappointed in the media,” said Saleem. “When you see children being bombed in schools and hospitals, no words can explain how this makes me feel.
“My heart bleeds for them. Children are playing on the beach and getting bombed. It is a massacre.”
Grandad of two Saleem had attended marches in London, but after seeing images of the atrocity on social media he decided to do more to highlight the death of children.
Ten days ago he bought his own billboard and got the distressing images printed. “Birmingham is the Second City so I brought it here to get as much exposure as possible,” Saleem added.
“I don’t want to look back in ten years time and think I could have done more. I can’t physically go over there to help them, so this is my personal protest.
“Forget the human rights aspects of this – we wouldn’t treat our animals like this.
“It is not about the politics for me, it is about the children.”
Now the business owner plans to travel around the country with his billboard to spread his message.