A Banksy mural in a refugee camp in Calais, France, depicts Steve Jobs.
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Banksy paints ‘son of a migrant from Syria’ Steve Jobs at refugee camp


The anonymous graffiti artist Banksy is the latest to join in the trend of pointing out that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. The painting, on a wall at the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais, France, shows Jobs with a bundle on his back and carrying a Mac Classic.

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The “jungle” is not an official camp, but rather an improvised and non-permanent group of tents and shelters — a good example of the kind of conditions under which migrants and refugees are obliged to live upon fleeing their home countries.

In the face of sentiment abroad that countries should reject refugees from the ongoing conflict in Syria, the fact that Jobs was, in fact, the son of a Syrian migrant has struck a key with activists on the Internet.

Jobs’s biological father was Abdul Fattah Jandali, a Syrian who in the ’50s fled Beirut, where he had been demonstrating against the Lebanese president. He came to the U.S., where he met Jobs’ biological mother, Joanne Carol Schieble, and their child was put up for adoption in San Francisco. Young Steve was brought up by Paul and Clara Jobs, and the rest is history.

This article first appeared at NBCNews.com

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Banksy paints 'son of a migrant from Syria' Steve Jobs at refugee camp