A French illustrator explains what you can do to fight Islamophobic harassment

Here is what you can do, in case you witness an incident of Islamophobic harassment around you

A France-based artist-illustrator who goes by the name of Maeril posted a short illustration elaborating steps a bystander can take to help people facing Islamophobic harassment in a public place.

With her illustration, the artist hopes to raise awareness and help combat the growing problem of Islamophobia in France.

“I’m focusing on protecting Muslims here, as they have been very specific targets lately, and as a French Middle Eastern woman, I wanted to try and do something to raise awareness on how to help when such things happen before our eyes,” she wrote on her blog on Tumblr.

“Do not, in any way, interact with the attacker. You must absolutely ignore them and focus entirely on the person being attacked!”

Maeril further explains that in the event where you’re dealing with Islamophobic harassment ignore the attacker and focus on the person being attacked. “Please make sure to always respect the wishes of the person you’re helping: whether they want you to leave quickly afterwards, or not,” she wrote.

Here is the complete illustration:

Islamophobic harassment

How to deal with Islamophobic harassment (Photo:Tumblr/Maeril)