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Charlie Hebdo publishes Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi’s cartoon in latest cover

The magazine faced flak online, with many on Twitter slamming the publication for its insensitive approach to what is being seen as the biggest refugee crisis in recent times.

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The cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo in its latest edition.

Satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo is back in the news again this time for its controversial cover featuring Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler refugee who drowned and was found on the shores of Turkey.

The magazine, known for its satirical coverage, sketched three-year-old Kurdi in a cartoon showing him lying face-down. Titled “So Close to His Goal”, the first sketch shows Kurdi lying near a display board of a 2-for-1 McDonald Happy Meal saying what roughly translates to: ‘Two menus of children for the price of one.'”

In another cartoon, titled “The Proof that Europe is Christian”, the child is shown drowning in the water with a man, supposedly Jesus, standing next to him, walking on water. The text accompanying the cartoon reads: “Christians walk on water… Muslim kids sink.”

The magazine faced flak online, with many on Twitter slamming the publication for its insensitive approach to what is being seen as the biggest refugee crisis in recent times.

Al Jazeera reports that the magazine could face legal action. “Peter Herbert, chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, tweeted that the group would consider reporting Charlie Hebdo’s actions as ‘an incitement to hate crime & persecution before the International Criminal Court’,” the news organisation reported.

Kurdi, along with his parents and brother, were fleeing Syria for Europe, in the hope of finally migrating to Canada, where his aunt Tima Kurdi has been living for the last two decades. Photos of Aylan made global headlines, forcing world leaders to rethink their approach to the migrant crisis.

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In January this year, the magazine had published images depicting Prophet Mohammed, post which their Paris office was attacked by armed gunmen leaving 11 people dead.

 

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