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Survivor of a terror Attack

He didn’t destroy me we carry on he lost

By Dorcas RolandPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

Hager Ben Aouissi was on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, on July 14, 2016. It was Bastille Day, and families were enjoying the fireworks. But suddenly, chaos erupted. A truck mounted the pavement, plowing into innocent people. Hager, with her four-year-old daughter Kenza, found herself in the path of destruction.

As the truck hurtled toward them, Hager had to make a split-second decision. She couldn’t run, and there was no escape to the right. The sweet stall blocked her way. So, she did what any mother would do: she rolled underneath the truck with Kenza. It was her only chance to save her daughter.

The impact left Hager injured—her ear cut, her arm wounded, and her shoulder dislocated. But they survived. They were the only ones in the area who managed to stand up again after the attack. Kenza, though physically unharmed, witnessed the horror of that evening. Her biggest fear now is losing her mom.

For two years, Hager focused solely on her daughter’s well-being. But eventually, she sought psychological care. Kenza, too, underwent therapy. Nightmares haunted her, and panic attacks followed. Going to school became a challenge, as their route passed through a square where trucks supplied a market. Kenza would be anxious, shouting, and screaming.

Hager’s resilience shines through. She didn’t let the terrorist destroy her. Instead, she carried on, seeking healing and hope. Kenza’s nightmares persist, but they face each day together, survivors of terror, living with both scars and strength

Hager Ben Aouissi’s life changed irrevocably that fateful night in Nice. The physical wounds healed, but the emotional scars ran deep. She became an advocate for survivors of terror attacks, determined to turn her pain into purpose.

Hager started attending support groups, connecting with others who had faced similar trauma. Their stories resonated with her—the nightmares, the fear of crowded places, the sudden panic attacks triggered by everyday sounds. They formed a tight-knit community, bound by resilience and shared experiences.

One day, at a therapy session, Hager met Ahmed. He had lost his wife in the same attack. His grief was palpable, but he, too, carried on. Together, they found solace in each other’s company. Ahmed’s daughter, Amira, was about the same age as Kenza. The two girls became fast friends, their laughter a balm for wounded hearts.

Hager and Ahmed decided to channel their pain into something positive. They founded an organization called “Hope Beyond Terror.” Its mission was simple: to provide emotional support, counseling, and practical assistance to survivors and their families. They organized workshops, art therapy sessions, and community events.

Kenza and Amira grew up surrounded by love and resilience. They learned about compassion, empathy, and the strength that comes from overcoming adversity. The scars remained, but they no longer defined their lives. Instead, they became badges of courage—a testament to their survival.

As the years passed, Hager and Ahmed fell in love. Their love story was unconventional, born from tragedy, but it was real. They married on the same promenade where terror had struck, turning a place of horror into a symbol of hope. Title: “The Door in the Library”

The library was a quiet place, its shelves lined with ancient tomes and forgotten secrets. But one door stood out—a cerulean blue door that seemed to hum with an otherworldly energy. It was the color of unease, the kind that creeps up on you when you least expect it.

Evelyn, a young librarian, had never noticed the path that led to this mysterious door before. She wondered why it stood in stark contrast to the rest of the library’s decor. The air around it crackled with tension, and she hesitated, her hand hovering over the brass doorknob. If you need more of this you can tell me I would write more of it

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