Monday, 12th of August, 2013. Aissatou, a 16 year old teenager, is assaulted by two men because of her veil, because she is Muslim. Friday, 23rd of August, 2013. Aissatou is hospitalized after an overdose of painkillers given by her doctor following the assault. Monday, 26th of August, 2013. Aissatou throws herself from the 4th floor’s window of a building in Trappes.
On Monday, before that act of despair, newspaper Liberation reports that Aissatou texted two of her friends.
“Salam. It’s been a few weeks that I’m obviously not doing good. But well, I always have to hide it. You’re like a sister to me. I can’t take it anymore, I don’t have any more hope, they’re trying to break me down, I’ve reached the bottom. The police commissioner, I feel like he’s doing anything to not help me. I’m sorry.”
Choosing to take your life when you’re 16 is all but voluntary. Attempting on your life when you’re 16 and know that suicide is not allowed in Islam proves the psychological pressure, the huge despair, the deep distress. As C.P. wrote here, the “death vertigo of the depressed believer” pushed a child who just wanted to be a woman.
Aissatou threw herself from the window. She is today in a serious condition. She already was, psychologically. Now she is in her flesh. This dramatic event shouldn’t become a man-bites-dog story. Staying silent would mean burying Aissatou even deeper. So here is what we suggest; if you feel like concretely supporting, sending love and showing solidarity to that young girl and her family, write her a small and heartwarming message on a piece of paper.
Then take a picture of your message and post it on Twitter under the hashtag #AvecAissatou  [With Aissatou, in French]. She’ll be able to read your words, see your pictures and hopefully feel less isolated. Try to imagine her astonishment when after getting out of the operating room her family will show her all those proofs of solidarity from all over the world.
Write anything you like – even if small – just write. Help us ease up her burden. Following are two suggestions, one in French and the second in English.
Translated in English by @AmmounAAY