16:41 GMT +327 February 2017

    Social Media Cartoons Help the World Cope with Brussels Terror Attacks

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    Cartoonists light up Twitter with messages of grief, solidarity, and defiance.

    In the wake of suicide bombing attacks in Brussels on Tuesday that killed dozens and left hundreds wounded, the world’s cartoonists have taken to Twitter and social media to help the world mourn, using illustrations depicting collective sentiments of sadness, resilience, and anger in the wake of tragedy.  

    ​While some people shared cartoons of grief in black, yellow and red, the colors of the Belgian flag, others posted messages of solidarity with #JeSuisBruxelles, or “I am Brussels,” mirroring the outpouring of support or Parisians under the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag after the January 2015 attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine. Popular hashtags today are #prayforbrussels and #prayforbelgium.

    ​The acclaimed French cartoonist Jean Plantureux, or Plantu, drew an empathic cartoon for the French newspaper Le Monde depicting a crying person draped in a French flag hugging a crying person with a Belgian flag reaffirming the strong bond between the two countries.

    ​Global graphic artists remind us that, even on a dark day of international grief and outrage, the collective spirit of humanity retains hope, optimism, and the appreciation of beauty. 


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    • Ivan Buckeye
      Shame that the west never gave the Russians this kind of tribute, considering they have been attacked by terrorists multiple times since the late 1990's. But, above it all, the Russians still show support to those abroad being killed by terrorists and because of this, they are all the more better for it!
    • Mikhas
      Agree with Buckeye, terrorists killing Russians or her allies are of course "moderates" or "freedom fighters" and somehow Russia "had it coming" although these terrorists were nurtured and supported by the western fascist regimes for that very reason in the first place.

      The cartoonists should know that their regimes are quite complicit and in bed with the ones who brought it all upon them and made it possible, the Turkish jihadist despot Mullah Erdogan and his medieval wahhabi donors in Saudi Barbaria, Qatar and UAE. Next time they will be out with those guns and rifles Erdogan has been smuggling into the EU.
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