26 Powerful Cartoons Will Break Your Heart Into Pieces

Because the pen will always, always be mightier than the sword.

On January 7th, 2015, gunmen opened fire in the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper. The victims were male and female, parents and grandparents, writers and cartoonists.

They died because they refused to allow their content to be dictated by extremists. They died because they were brave, because their content was hard-hitting, because they stood up for rights that we too often taken for granted. They died because they would not kneel.

In the immediate aftermath of the massacre, their fellow artists all over the world came together on Twitter and Instagram to honor them as they had lived, with a pen and a steady hand.

The resulting cartoons are defiant and powerful. They're a needed defense of freedom of speech, and a heartbreaking tribute to those that we lost. 

Nous sommes Charlie Hebdo. We are Charlie Hebdo.

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4. "Oh, no... Not them..."

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10. "Today, I am a cartoonist. Today, I am a journalist. Today, I draw for Charlie Hebdo."

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18. "[We died] for freedom of expression."

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22. "Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo."

23. "This is not a weapon of mass destruction."

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