Banksy makes powerful statement with Steve Jobs artwork

Renowned and mysterious graffiti artist Banksy has presents another perspective on the Syrian refugee crisis with a new artwork.

The artwork appears on a concrete bridge in the so-called Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France, depicting the late Steve Jobs, the son of a Syrian migrant, as a refugee.

In the graffiti work, Jobs carries a large sack-like bag over his shoulder with one hand and an older Apple computer in his other.

Images of the work are posted on Banksy’s website, with one caption reading “The son of a migrant from Syria.”

“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,” Banksy said in a statement, according to a report by the BBC.

“Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7 [billion] (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”

Of course, not all refugees will end up being a technology powerhouse like Jobs – most will lead ordinary lives – but it’s a powerful statement, nonetheless.

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Image credit: Banksy

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