Since his act of heroism last Saturday, the story of Mamoudou Gassama crosses the borders.
On Tuesday, May 29, he inspired by a drawing particularly well felt in Tjeerd Royaards.
A press cartoon shared tens of thousands of times on social networks.
After seeing the video of the rescue of the four-year-old boy by the young undocumented Malian (naturalized by Emmanuel Macron on Monday), the Dutch cartoonist Tjeerd Royaards had the idea to use these images to point fingers on our “ambivalence when it comes to refugees and migrants”.
“We want to push them away at all costs and they have to literally behave like superheroes so that we can welcome them.”
“My drawing tries to underline the hypocrisy of Europeans in their perception of migrants and in the way we have treated them” says Tjeerd Royaards to HuffPost.
“But this newspaper cartoon is less a position than a reflection and it is for you to draw your conclusion,” the site’s editor Cartoon Movement, which queries the news for 15 years, through his drawings for various European and American newspapers.
The story of Mamadou Gassama particularly touched Tjeerd Royaard because his partner was recently a volunteer in a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, he told HuffPost.
“If he can climb a balcony, he can also climb a fence,” said the Dutchman.
Even though that his idea spoke to many other people.
In less than 24 hours, just on Twitter, his drawing has been shared nearly 40,000 times and loved nearly 60,000 times.