The Netherlands – cartoonist and National Council for Refugees chuckle about Europe’s asylum regime – prelude
On Tuesday May 21 Metro, the blood stained rag that has the gall to call itself a newspaper, published yet another Lampedusa-related cartoon. Each violently mocks the African men and women who flee their homes, travel thousands of miles and leave the Libyan coast in overcrowded boats in the hope to reach the South European shoes. Many of what are often calls ‘migrant boats’ sunk which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people… and that’s only a count of the last few months.
While writing a response to cartoonist René Leisink’s problematic reaction to the criticism he received, I asked Amnesty International Netherlands and Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland (Dutch Council for Refugees) what they thought about Leisink’s cartoon. The Dutch Council for replied by sending the cartoon below and stating: “We thought this one was funnier.”
I Tweeted them stating: “ ‘Funnier’ implies that the other one is ‘also funny’. Shame on you!”. Their very heartfelt response? “We didn’t laugh about it this time.”
To join the conversation, please use (one of) the following:
E-mail Metro – firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter Metro – @Metro
E-mail Dutch Council for Refugees – email@example.com
Twitter Dutch Council for Refugees – @VluchtelingWerk
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