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Queen Rania of Jordan has published her own Aylan Kurdi cartoon as a riposte to a "horrible" Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the drowned Syrian child as a migrant, accused of groping attacks in Cologne. The photo of the three-year-old Aylan, lying face-down after drowning in seas near Bodrum in Turkey shocked the world into action over the deepening refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.
Despite the outpouring of grief across the globe after he died in September. the notorious French satirical magazine published a cartoon showing two predatory men with bulging eyes gleefully chasing fleeing women with their hands outstretched towards their buttocks. Under the stereotypical banner labelled "migrants" is a small sketch of the toddler lying face-down on a beach.
The Charlie Hebdo image was also referencing the recent sex attacks in Cologne where men of "Arab and North African" are accused of a number of sex attacks that took place on New Year's Eve throughout the city. The so-called groping attacks have increased tensions between German nationals and refugees.
The magazine caricature has faced widespread criticism, with many accusing the magazine of racism and Islamophobia. And after seeing the image, Queen Rania posted her own cartoon riposte by Jordanian cartoonist Osama Hajjaj.
"Alan could've been a doctor, a teacher, a loving parent," she wrote in a Tweet. Queen Rania has been praised for her work attempting to provide a better life to children around the world and was handed the Walther-Rathenau Award for helping children last year.
Aylan's relatives, who live in Canada said they were disgusted at Charlie Hebdo's cartoon. Aylan's father, Abdullah Kurdi told Sputnik magazine: "To be honest, after seeing this picture, I could not hold back my tears. I cannot even describe the feeling of bitterness that I experienced at that moment.
"What they did is horrible; it is an outrage to the memory of my son. Aylan was only two years old when his life was cut short."