The heart-wrenching images of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi lying face down dead on a Turkish beach, was enough to rattle the world. European countries such as England, Germany and Turkey opened its doors to refugees on the run, from the conflict-torn Syria.
However, French satirical Charlie Hebdo, notorious for its crude and nefarious humour, came up with cartoons mocking the dead Aylan. The cartoons circulating on social media drew ire and protest from all parts of the world, as they made light of the refugee situation.
In their cartoon, Aylan Kurdi was depicted lying flat on his face near the ocean and above his head were the words written, “So close to his goal”. In the background a McDonald’s-style Happy Meal Board states: “Two children’s menus for the price of one.”
The cartoon has once again caused an outrage and debate over Charlie Hebdo’s insensitive comments, under the garb of freedom of speech. The core of Charlie Hebdo’s staff were murdered in January when a gunman stormed its offices, igniting three days of bloodshed around Paris that left 17 victims dead. The attack had taken place after the magazine had printed blasphemous images of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), resulting in outrage and protests across numerous Islamic countries.
Three-year old Aylan Kurdi had drowned along with his mother and brother when their boat had capsized on its way from the Greek Island of Kos to the Turkish town of Bodrum. The family was forced to flee when ISIS had advanced into their hometown of Kobane and brought with them conflict and destruction. Here are a couple of outraged Tweets:-
— SaDzQ (@RJSadiaSattar) September 15, 2015
#CharlieHebdo will continue on his insensitive rampage as he is protected under guises of freedom of speech.
— Lady Green (@ZaraLadyGreen) September 15, 2015
Even as an atheist, I never agreed with #CharlieHebdo mocking religion. And now their latest…. Makes me sick.
— Vibeke (@Fleabeke) September 15, 2015
— GAMMZ (@kiddoGAMMZ) September 15, 2015
— Aamir Khan (@aamirkhan_ak23) September 15, 2015
Freedom of speech shouldn’t mean hurting sentiments of others and crossing decent limits of criticism and expressing views #CharlieHebdo
— Palwasha Abbas (@Palwasha_Abbas) September 15, 2015
— Saad Khan (@SaadKhan711) September 15, 2015
— Florian Neuhof (@FlorianNeuhof) September 14, 2015
#CharlieHebdo defines freedom of speech by mocking a dead baby washed up on the beach. I’m disgusted
— Hala (@Syriansweethrt) September 14, 2015