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Can you still remember the little boy who went viral after the attacks in Paris in 2015? The father's words are more relevant than ever …
Austria is still in shock three days after the terrorist attacks in Vienna. An event that will probably take a long time to process. While we adults have to cope with feelings of fear, sadness and insecurity, children and adolescents who witnessed the attack are often left at a loss. We asked a child psychologist how to explain terror to children. We inevitably remember the father from Paris who, after the terrorist attacks in 2015, tried to take his little son away from the fear of terror in front of the camera after the terrorist attacks in 2015 and thus touched the hearts of millions of people. The video went around the world. And the father's words are more relevant than ever … Many people in Vienna are just as insecure and afraid.
"They are very, very bad people," says the little guy in the video. The reporter for the French news program "Le Petit Journal" interviews the boy and his father and asks the boy if he understands what has happened. "We have to be very careful because we have to move into another house," replies the boy, looking down at the floor with a sad look. The boy's father reassures him: "No, we don't have to move. France is our home!"
But the little boy is not yet convinced:
Son: "But there are very bad people, papa."
Father: "Yes, but they are everywhere."
Son: "They have guns, they can shoot us because they are very angry, papa."
Father: "You may have the guns, but we have flowers."
Son: "But flowers don't do anything, they are for … for …"
Father: "Of course they are doing something, look, everyone puts down flowers. That is to fight against weapons."
Son: "Is this for protection?"
Son: "And the candles too?"
Father: "They are there to remember the people who had to leave us yesterday."
Son: "The flowers and the candles are here to protect us."
Reporter: Are you feeling better now?
Son: "Yes. It's better now."
The father uses simple words to calm his son down and take away his fear. Nevertheless, there are words that give comfort not only to the boy, but to the whole world. Countless users congratulated the father on his pointed explanation and the son on a sensitive father.