Queen of Jordan Responds to Charlie Hebdo

Rania Al Abdullah, the Queen of Jordan, published a cartoon featuring the drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi in response to Charlie Hebdo.

On 14 January 2016, the French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo published a drawing of the drowned three-year-old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, found dead on a Turkish beach in September, in which the boy would have grown up to become a sex attacker.

Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon depicts two males running after a terrified women. The caption beside the cartoon reads: “What would little boy Alan have grown up to be? A groper in Germany.”

In response to Charlie Hebdo, Queen Al Abdullah commissioned a cartoon on her twitter account with the caption: “What would little boy Alan have grown up to be?” The queen’s response was: “A doctor, a teacher or a loving father.”

While the image of the little boy lying face down on a Turkish beach prompted a wave of sympathy in the world last year, the Charlie Hebdo caricature caused a wave of anger and disappointment all over social media. Many marked the cartoon of the little boy as offensive.