Car­toon of dead Syr­ian tod­dler draws out­rage

Char­lie Hebdo said to have gone too far

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

The aunt of a young Syr­ian boy who drowned last year while cross­ing the Mediter­ranean says an in­flam­ma­tory car­toon show­cas­ing her nephew’s life­less body is “dis­gust­ing.”

Tima Kurdi took to Twit­ter to crit­i­cize the con­tro­ver­sial French satir­i­cal news­pa­per Char­lie Hebdo for its de­pic­tion of two-year-old Alan Kurdi.

The car­toon asks in French what would have be­come of Alan had he grown up and shows two men run­ning af­ter scream­ing women with their hands out­stretched above a cap­tion that says bum grab­bers in Ger­many.

The draw­ing is a ref­er­ence to a se­ries of sex at­tacks al­legedly com­mit­ted by a group of newly ar­rived mi­grants in Cologne, Ger­many, on New Years Eve.

The car­toon comes a year af­ter gun­men stormed Char­lie Hebdo’s of­fices in Paris and killed 12 peo­ple over the news­pa­per’s in­cen­di­ary de­pic­tions of the Mus­lim prophet Muham­mad.

Long-time Bri­tish Columbian political car­toon­ist Adrian Rae­side says he be­lieves the mag­a­zine’s use of the boy’s im­age goes too far and den­i­grates the work of edi­to­rial car­toon­ists.

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