Banksy Tackles the Syrian Migrant Crisis in One Powerful Image


Banksy, the iconic activist graffiti artist, unveiled his own take on the Syrian migrant crisis with the image of one of the most iconic men in history.

The child who would grow up to become Steve Jobs was born out of wedlock to Joanne Carole Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali on February 24, 1955. Schieble met Jandali when he was studying in America. The two went to Syria where Schieble became pregnant and soon after left to San Francisco where she would give birth to the baby and put it up for adoption.

Banksy’s latest piece was created on a wall in the Calais Jungle, a migrant city in France, surrounded the graffiti and tents of displaced migrants. The aspect of Jobs, an iconic tech visionary, as the child of a Syrian migrant was first seen in a tweet in September.


“The son of a migrant from Syria,” he wrote under the post on his website.


Banksy continued:

“We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources, but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7bn a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”

Banksy made headlines this summer when he unveiled Dismaland, his depressing amusement park project. He has since been using pieces from Dismaland to help build shelters for migrants in Calais.

h/t: Esquire

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