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Cartoonist and Bataclan assault survivor Fred Dewilde dies by suicide

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9 years after the November 13, 2015, assaults, the writer of a number of graphic novels depicting his trauma died by suicide.

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After seeing dying so shut 9 years in the past, Fred Dewilde, one of many survivors of the Bataclan terrorist assault of November 2015, died by suicide on Sunday, Might 5, the victims’ help affiliation Life for Paris, of which he was a member, introduced on Tuesday. He was 58 years outdated.

A graphic artist and cartoonist, typically described as a “gruff colossus,” this light large emerged bodily unscathed from the Bataclan pit after spending two hours among the many useless and dying. Nevertheless, the “poison” of trauma lastly caught up with him, wrote his household in a tribute despatched to the press.

Since “that fateful night on November 13, when he mentioned that a part of him was useless,” his household wrote, Fred Dewilde had recounted his trauma and gradual journey of psychological reconstruction via a number of graphic novels: Mon Bataclan, vivre encore (“My Bataclan, dwell on”, 2016), La Morsure (“The Chew”, 2018), Dialog avec ma mort (“A dialog with my dying”, 2021) and La Mort émoi (a play on the phrases “la mort et moi”, or “dying and me”, 2022). Via these numerous works, he shared his encounter with dying, which, as he was unaware on the time, adopted him round.

“His immense urge for food for all times, pushed by the love he gave as a lot as he obtained, his communicative power, his caustic humor, his poignant works and his initiatives stuffed with drawers had been lower brief in a single evening by an insurmountable suicidal impulse, rendering him deaf to any future. That evening, a spark opened vast the insufferable wounds that had plagued him for thus a few years,” his household wrote.

“We, his household, are shocked and devastated by the violence with which this devious poison unfold by the terrorists of November 13, 2015, relentlessly struck him after greater than 9 years of relentless resistance. They killed him a second time, with out a second likelihood of ‘survival’ […]. However via every thing he shared with us, Fred will proceed to point out us the way in which ahead: how consideration to others heals wounds, how a lot speech liberates, how a lot respect for others solves ills, how a lot fraternity makes power.”

Invisible bullets

Dewilde is just not the primary Bataclan survivor to die by suicide. Two years after the assaults that killed 130 folks on the Stade de France, on café terraces in jap Paris and within the live performance corridor, Guillaume Valette, who additionally emerged bodily unhurt from the Bataclan pit, was discovered hanged on November 19, 2017, in his room on the Val-de-Marne, southeast of Paris, psychiatric clinic, the place he had been admitted a month and a half earlier. He was posthumously acknowledged, in 2019, because the 131st sufferer of those assaults. He was 31 years outdated.

Throughout the trial for the November 13 assaults, in October 2021, his father, Alain, took the stand to recount the 2 years of hell his son went via after leaving the pit: “Guillaume wasn’t shot within the physique, however by invisible bullets, which killed him, slowly however certainly. Within the two years that adopted, his psychological state deteriorated, like gangrene. His story leads me to say that invisible wounds must be higher understood,” he insisted. “Assaults generate psychic wounds so critical that they will drive folks to suicide, like some troopers coming back from fight zones.”

France-Elodie Besnier was not on the Bataclan that night. She was sitting on the terrace of the bar Le Carillon, simply down the road from her house, when three members of the commandos opened hearth with Kalashnikovs. She too escaped dwell ammunition. She too ultimately died from her psychological wounds. On November 6, 2021, two months after the opening of the trial, she took her personal life. She was 35 years outdated.

Soren Seelow

Translation of an authentic article revealed in French on lemonde.fr; the writer could solely be responsible for the French model.

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