Meet the hijabi illustrator whose image of George Floyd has become a symbol for justice

Chicago-based artist Shirien Damra uses art and illustration to fight for social justice and help the world heal
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Meet the hijabi illustrator whose image of George Floyd has become a symbol for justice

Shirien's illustration of George Floyd has clocked up over 3.3 million likes on Instagram







For hijabi artist Shirien Damra, the death of George Floyd represents "the massive injustice, zero accountability and white supremacy embedded in the 'criminal justice' system." Alongside the now widely shared image the Muslim artist with Palestinian heritage posted on her Instagram account asking for Justice for George, she wrote, "Heartbroken, angry and disgusted. This must end. Much love and solidarity to Black communities grieving another beautiful life lost. May George Floyd Rest in Power."

This isn't the first time Shirien has stood in solidarity with those experiencing injustice. Following video footage emerging of the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery while out jogging by a father and son in Georgia, she was moved to act.

"Just hearing the story of his murder brought me to tears. Tears of anger and sadness," admitted Shirien. "No one deserves to be killed for running on the basis of their skin color. May Ahmaud rest in power. May he and his loved ones see justice somehow. Say his name."

Shirien isn't the only female illustrator showing up for the black community. Lebanese illustrator Nour Flayhan also shared a chilling illustration of the protests in Minnesota fighting for all four police officers present at George Floyd's arrest to be held accountable.

Photo: Instagram @shirien.creates and @nouriflayhan