As a Belgian living abroad, I was often asked about the state of alert in Brussels and many individuals who were eager to discuss the issue with me had narratives similar to those proposed by the media. This prompted me to read news articles on the subject and talk to my parents and relatives living in Brussels. It brought me to the following conclusion: while these allegations may have some truth to them, it is important for people to carefully analyze the context of the situation before making assumptions about the gravity of the situation in Brussels, and particularly Molenbeek.
Lectrr works as cartoonist for the Belgian newspaper “De Standaard”. Since the attack on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 his and the lives and roles of many other cartoonists have changed significantly. But it is not hate mails that he fears, it is indifference.
The young author speaks of the great danger that is lurking after the attack on the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, 07.01.15 and how it could be resolved. An appeal to young people and politicans to act.
“I aim to be tolerant and understanding but incidents like Charlie Hebdo´s in France outrage me” – An opinion from a young European on the attack on Charlie Hebdo