“It wasn’t just a terrorist attack, it was a massacre.”
A Facebook post has gone viral overnight, written by a woman who survived the mass shooting at Paris’s Bataclan theatre on Friday.
Isobel Bowdery was one one of the 1500 people that attended US rock group Eagles of Death Metal’s concert on Friday night, and she made it out alive. By playing dead.
“You never think it will happen to you. It was just a Friday night at a rock show. The atmosphere was so happy and everyone was dancing and smiling. and then when the men came through the front entrance and began the shooting, we naively believed it was all part of the show,” Bowdery wrote.
Her post, which includes a picture of her blood stained top, describes in harrowing detail the horrors of what went on in that theatre, she says it wasn’t ‘just a terrorist attack, it was a massacre’.
“Dozens of people were shot right infront of me. Pools of blood filled the floor. Cries of grown men who held their girlfriends’ dead bodies pierced the small music venue. Futures demolished, families heartbroken in an instant.”
Bowdery says she played dead for over an hour to escape almost certain death.
“I pretended to be dead for over an hour, lying among people who could see their loved ones motionless. Holding my breath, trying to not move, not cry – not giving those men the fear they longed to see. I was incredibly lucky to survive. But so many didn’t.”
Bowdery spent the hour she played dead reflecting on her life.
“As I laid down in the blood of strangers and waiting for my bullet to end my mere 22 years, I envisioned every face that I have ever loved and whispered I love you, over and over again. Reflecting on the highlights of my life. Wishing that those I love knew just how much, wishing that they knew that no matter what happened to me, to keep believing in the good in people. To not let those men win.”