Queen of Jordan, Rania Al Abdullah, published a cartoon featuring the drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi in response to “Charlie Hebdo”.
On 14 January 2016, the French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo published a drawing of the drowned three-year-old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, found dead on a Turkish beach in September, in which the boy would have grown up to become a sex attacker.
Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon depicts two male creatures running after terrified women. The caption beside the cartoon says: “What would little boy Alan have grown up to be? A groper in Germany.”
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In response to Charlie Hebdo newspaper, Queen Al Abdullah commissioned a cartoon on her twitter with the caption: “What would little boy Alan have grown up to be?” The queen’s response was: “A doctor, a teacher or a loving father”.
While image of the little boy lying face down on a Turkish beach prompted a wave of sympathy in the world last year, the Charlie Hebdo caricature caused a wave of anger and disappointment all over the social media. Many marked the cartoon of the little boy as offensive.