One Year After Nice Attack, A Victim’s Family Still Struggles
It has been one year since the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, when a truck driver rammed into revelers and killed 86 people. Not only are the families of the victims still mourning, but one family is still being vilified and targeted for their faith.
Fatima Charrihi was the first to die in the attack. The Islamic State took responsibility for the attack, which was carried out by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Frenchman of Tunisian descent. At least 30 of the victims were Muslims, yet the Charrihi family say they still face anti-Muslim sentiments after the attack.
“Our family is still in pain, still in limbo, since July 14,” Ali Charrihi, the victim’s son, told the press. “We’re slowly trying to climb back up, we’re drawing strength from our children, from the struggle for life that we’re having right now, against radicalization and the rest of these phenomena which are pollute our lives.”
Ali’s sister, Hanane Charrihi, is writing a book about her family’s experiences in the wake of the attack. In her book, Charrihi stresses that the attacker had nothing to do with Islam, pointing to his record of petty crime and reputation for “smell[ing] of alcohol in the middle of Ramadan.” Charrihi believes it is Muslims like her mother – loving and charitable to the poor – who are the true face of Islam.