The first images of a teenage asylum seeker beaten so badly he could not see have emerged from the hospital where he is being treated.

Reker Ahmed, a 17-year-old Kurdish-Iranian, suffered a fractured skull, spine and eye socket as well as a brain haemorrhage after he was set upon at a bus stop in Croydon on Friday (31 March).

He is now recovering in King's College Hospital in London, where he remains in a serious but stable condition, according to reports.

The photo of Ahmed was posted online by Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign on Wednesday (5 April) and shows the teenager in hospital with two black eyes and a drip in his arm.

He is seen with Kurdish MP Faysal Sariyildiz, who was in the UK to give a talk, and Zinar Demeni of the Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign.

They are two of a number of people who have tried to support Ahmed as he recovers from the devastating attack.

A fundraising page for Ahmed has raised just short of £50,000 ($62,450) since it was set up on 1 April.

The anti-hate group Stand Up To Racism has also planned a demonstration in solidarity with Ahmed, to take place in Croydon on Saturday (8 April).

"We cannot let racist attacks go unopposed," the group said in a statement. "In a growing climate of racism and Islamophobia, we need to send the message loud and clear: refugees and migrants are welcome here."

The attack on Ahmed was so severe that his brother, Hadi Ahmed, has told the Times it made him temporarily lose his vision.

He said: "When I first saw him I ran up to him saying, 'Brother, brother!' But he looked at me and just said, 'Are you my brother?'

"I said, 'Yes of course, what are you talking about?' But he didn't recognise me.

"I was shocked, I burst into tears and hugged him saying, 'I'm your brother, I'm your brother!' But he didn't have any affection for me and he didn't want to hug me.

"It was horrible. I was crying and he said, 'Why are you crying? Are you sick?' He had no memory."

Thirteen people have been charged in connection with the attack – including a 15-year-old boy – with offences ranging from violent disorder to racially aggravated grievous bodily harm.

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Posted by Mark Campbell on Wednesday, April 5, 2017