Flag bearer of freedom, pallbearer of good humor, French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo recently sparked a debate with new controversial (read: racist) cartoons.
The cartoon was released in the wake of mass sexual assault in Cologne, Germany, where women were attacked by intoxicated men that allegedly included asylum-seekers. The hideous cartoon features Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea and whose death became the symbol for refugees’ plight. And the cartoon asks an important question: What would little Aylan have grown up to be?
The answer: an "a**groper in Germany."
The cartoon shows an adult version of Aylan, along with other Syrian refugees. These men, with pigs’ snouts for noses, chase a terrified woman.
But of course, criticism of the magazine is still unacceptable, especially when critics are accused of not having the required intelligence to peel away the many layers of Hebdo’s "sophisticated satire."
However, Jordanian cartoonist Osama Hajjaj just delivered the perfect answer to Hebdo’s question.
Had Aylan not died due to the indifference of the world, he may have grown up to be a doctor.
He could have, as Queen Rania pointed out in this tweet, could have been "a doctor, a teacher, a loving parent."
Given a shot at a peaceful, fulfilling life, little Aylan would have grown up to be a wonderful human. We could not save his life; let’s not now dishonor his death also.
Banner / Thumbnail : Twitter / Rania Al Abdullah