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Who was Aylan Kurdi?

Aylan Kurdi
Who was Aylan Kurdi?
  • Aylan Kurdi was a three-year-old Syrian boy of Kurdish ethnicity.
  • On 2 September 2015, Kurdi and his family boarded a small plastic boat which capsized shortly after leaving the Turkish coast.
  • The accident resulted in his death and in the iconic picture of him lying face down in the sand by the beach, a photograph that came to define the Syrian refugee crisis.

Aylan Kurdi's photo steps up refugee aid programs

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Kurdi's last picture has been credited with causing a surge in donations to charities helping migrants and refugees, with one charity, the Migrant offshore Aid Station recording a 15-fold increase in donations within 24 hours of its publication.

Mass sexual assaults at Cologne on new years

Cologne Attacks
Mass sexual assaults at Cologne on new years
  • A group of over 1000 inebriated men, sexually assaulted hundreds of women during the new year's eve celebration outside Cologne railway station in Germany.
  • Police registered over 500 cases of sexual assault and 2 cases of rape.
  • The victims claimed that the perpetrators of the attack appeared to be of "North African or Arabic" origin, raising suspicions that refugees may have committed the act.

Charlie Hebdo: No stranger to controversy

Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo: No stranger to controversy
  • Charlie Hebdo is a satirical French weekly magazine that publishes cartoons, reports and jokes on politics and religion.
  • Its offices were fire-bombed in 2011 after they named their November edition "Charia Hebdo" and listed Prophet Mohammed as the editor-in-chief.
  • In 2015, Islamist gunmen stormed their offices in Paris and killed 12 people and wounded 11 others over its cartoons mocking Prophet Mohammed.

Charlie Hebdo cartoon sparks outrage

15 Jan 2016
Charlie Hebdo cartoon sparks outrage
  • French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has stirred fresh controversy after releasing yet another "offensive" cartoon, this time about the EU refugee crisis and the cologne attacks.
  • The cartoon, depicts a grown up Aylan Kurdi (the Syrian toddler who drowned and died off the Turkish coast), chasing a woman.
  • The title reads: "What would little Aylan have grown up to be?" - "Ass-groper in Germany."

Kurdi's aunt condemns Charlie Hebdo cartoon

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"I hope people respect our family's pain. It's a big loss to us. We're not the same anymore after this tragedy. We're trying to forget a little bit and move on with our life. But to hurt us again, it's not fair," - Tima Kurdi

Queen of Jordan responds to Aylan cartoon

17 Jan 2016
Queen of Jordan responds to Aylan cartoon
  • Queen Rania of Jordan condemned the recent cartoon published by Charlie Hebdo depicting the Syrian refugee toddler Aylan as a molester in Europe.
  • In response, she published a cartoon depicting Aylan as a doctor, through the Osama Hajjaj cartoon initiative, which depicts people's lives in Jordan and political developments in West Asia.
  • The cartoon was published with text in English, Arabic and French.