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
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
- 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 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
- 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
"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
- 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.