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Charlie Hebdo under fire for cartoons joking about drowned Syrian tot Aylan Kurdi

David Kearns

Published 14/09/2015 | 17:49

Both cartoons are part of the magazine’s September 9 issue Credit: Charlie Hebdo
Both cartoons are part of the magazine’s September 9 issue Credit: Charlie Hebdo

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has been criticised for featuring a cartoon joking about the death of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi.

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One cartoon published in its most recent issue shows a drawing of the tot face down on the beach with the words “so close to his goal…” written above him.

In the foreground, a McDonald’s-like sign reading “Promotion! Two children’s menus for the price of one” can be seen.

A second cartoon depicts what appears to be Jesus next to the drowned boy with the caption: "Proof that Europe is Christian. Christians walk on water - Muslim children sink." 

Both cartoons are part of the magazine’s September 9 issue.

Since the photograph of three-year-old washed up dead on a Turkish beach was published, public support in Europe for refugees has reached increased significantly.

Aylan’s five-year-old brother Galip and his mother also died when the boat the family was traveling in capsized while trying to reach Europe.

The drawings have been sharply criticised by many who say they are racist, disrespectful and xenophobic.

Others maintained though that the cartoons mock the European response to the refugee crisis, and not the drowned child

It has been eight months since Islamist gun men stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris and murdered 12 people over the magazine’s controversial portrayal of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

The satirical magazine has a long history of publishing controversial, sometimes offensive cartoons.

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