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September 16, 2017

Neymar Jr. says it’s time to “stop”

Joins Handicap International campaign to #StopBombingCivilians

Silver Spring, MD—Today Neymar Jr. told his 81 million Instagram followers that he stands with a Handicap International campaign urging to Stop Bombing Civilians.

The football star for Paris Saint-Germain 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.

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.

Supporters then share their photo 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.

Handicap International is urging supporters to sign its 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 its 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. 



Handicap International is an independent international aid organization. It has been working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster for 35 years. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions, and promoting respect for their dignity and basic rights. Handicap International has set up development programs in more than 60 countries and intervenes in numerous emergency situations. Offices in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States work constantly to mobilize resources, jointly manage projects and to increase the impact of the organization’s principles and actions. Handicap International is one of six founding organizations of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997; and the winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2011. Handicap International takes action and campaigns in places where “living in dignity” is no easy task.