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‘I pretended to be dead for over an hour’


Isobel Bowdery, a South African graduate at the Bataclan concert hall on Friday has written an emotional public post describing the horrific ordeal.

In it she reveals that she thought the gunmen were part of the show and then when she realised it was a real attack, how she feigned being dead in order to survive.

She posted the emotional message along with a photograph of her blood-stained t-shirt.

This is what she wrote:

“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,” she wrote in the Facebook post, which has been shared ¬†thousands of times.

“And then when the men came through the front entrance and began the shooting, we naively believed it was all part of the show.

“It wasn’t just a terrorist attack, it was a massacre.

“Dozens of people were shot right in front 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. Shocked and alone, 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.

“The people who had been there for the exact same reasons as I – to have a fun friday night were innocent. This world is cruel. And acts like this are suppose to highlight the depravity of humans and the images of those men circling us like vultures will haunt me for the rest of my life.

“The way they meticulously aimed at shot people around the standing area i was in the centre of without any


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