Pokemon Does Good in Iraq

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  1. EeveeLover

    EeveeLover Member Services Administrator

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  2. totoro

    totoro Active Member

    Wow, just simply wow. I'm speechless. Regardless of your view of the US involvement in the war you have to feel amazingly human seeing this. If anyone has an address to send cards to, please pm me. Yup, mine are in English, but I think the children would like the pictures anyway.

    Thanks for making my day!
  3. EeveeLover

    EeveeLover Member Services Administrator

    Thanks for the feedback, I had the same thought, but I have no idea how to get any contact info. Actually, I am going to contact CNN and see if they can forward me to anyone that might give me some info.

    This might be a good one for PUI to get into as well. They might have cards of a more appropriate language.

    EDIT: I contacted the reporter who did the piece, to ask for more info.
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  4. ~Blazi-King~

    ~Blazi-King~ New Member

    That segment is sooo true...Made my day!

    Without hope, there is only sadness and failure. And those kids, certainly don't show any of that!

    Id also be willing to send some cards! Just keep us up to date. Even feel free to PM me with the details!
  5. Skeith

    Skeith New Member

    I remember seeing this show or was it another one when I went back to Iraq two years ago. All my cousin and nephews loved it so much. Amazingly, there were alot of pokemon items in Iraq. From shirts to toys but all they get wrong are the colors. Red pikachu and blue charizard do look cool though.
  6. Heatherdu

    Heatherdu New Member

    Thanks for sharing. Please update us if you hear from CNN. I'd send cards or plushies or toys too.
  7. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    The cards might cause problems.
    They are banned in many arab countries because the mullahs mistakenly believe the colorless energy symbol is a star of David and therefore is Zionist.
  8. Jason

    Jason New Member

    Colorless symbols?
  9. SD PokeMom

    SD PokeMom Mod Supervisor Staff Member


  10. Dont send anything with a colorless symbol then.

    I think the cards would be a problem though because Muslins dont allow pictures of living things. Real or Abstract,
  11. chriscobi634

    chriscobi634 New Member

    there are a few cards without the colorless symbol. Few but some:

    Crobat (SW)

    Golbat (SW)

    Infernape Lv. X (Highly doubt that someone would send this one, but you never know)

    Jumpfluff (SW)

    Skiploom (SW)

    Weavile (SW)

    That was just modified. I could do more research on unlimited. But I want to make sure that they are not banned. Trainers for the more part also don't have the colorless symbol.

    Hope this helps.
  12. And by "many arab [sic] countries" you'd be talking solely about Saudi Arabia, a country widely renown for its acknowledgment of human rights and advancement of culture. Mexican churches called the game "demonic" as well, should we stop Pablo from going to Worlds because it would offend some religious extremists?

    This is before getting into the whole debate about Sunni vs Shia and the Christians, Jews, atheists that live in the country. "Arabs say jews did it, lulz" is not a valid excuse to stop making some kids' days. Just like our soldiers setting up a soccer league there to help reach out to the kids, I would like to see PUI cooperate and possibly even bring the game to Iraq. Besides, if PUI starts printing cards in Arabic (not sure if they already do or not) there's a huge untapped market there, so many Arabic speaking countries that they could extend the game to.
  13. Magic_Umbreon

    Magic_Umbreon Researching Tower Scientist, Retired

    All trainers in modified apart from:

    • Armor Fossil
    • Battle Frontier
    • Claw Fossil
    • Crystal Beach
    • Crystal Shard
    • Drake's Stadium
    • Holon Lake
    • Root Fossil
    • Skull Fossil

    Note the old mysterious fossil can be played and does not have the :colorless.
  14. OK guys, this is from CNN:

    A fatwa issued by a committee in Saudi Arabia. SEVEN YEARS AGO.

    Would you obtain from sending Pokemon cards to kids growing during wartime to needy Christian kids due to a declaration by some Mexican churches 7 years ago? Similar logic here. If you're going to send some cards, send whatever you can spare and also donate to our troops who are working on similar projects as well.

    Helping coordinate soccer tournaments for Iraqi kids: http://ericsgoal.blogspot.com/
    The USO, obviously: https://www.uso.org/donate/Default.aspx
    The MAAF: http://www.maaf.info/join.html

    And there are many more as well, a quick Google search will come up with many others. Regardless, without going way off topic, my point is that send whatever cards you have if you are serious about making a donation here, the game was only banned in Saudi Arabia, and that was seven years ago -- Iraqi kids and families are not affected by declarations of Saudi Arabian committees.
  15. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    I stand corrected then.
    I do know that they are not sold in these countries because of other posters on other boards.
    I was just suggesting to be careful.

    toy Pokemon figures might work better.
  16. Pablo

    Pablo New Member

    I LOLed so hard :tongue:
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