Christine Tudhope and Mariesha Jack, both from Perth in Scotland had travelled to Paris with their only intention being to see the Eagles of Death Metal concert, a concert which for many, ended in disaster. An attack that comes less than a year after a similar “Religeous” attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
During a terrorist attack on the Bataclan Concert hall in Paris, 2 Scottish Women, later joined by 2 Italian concert goers hid in the cellar below the stage of the Bataclan for 3 hours, avoiding tragedy, before being rescued by police officers who stormed the building.
Speaking to Sky News, one of the women said “We saw the bullets hitting the stage and instantly knew that it was gunfire and that we knew that we needed to get out of there. [There was] one round in quick succession and everybody gasped thinking that it was part of the show, and then a second round went off and everyone’s instinct was to duck and I just said ‘Run, we need to get out of here’. We were close to an exit and we just ran. In the confusion, if we had have gone left, we would have instantly been out on to the street, but in confusion we ran right and ended up being in a room that we couldn’t get out of”
During the chilling interview one of the women claimed that they were just “Waiting to be shot” and she also mentioned that “If we had have gone out onto the street, [the attackers] were shooting through the window, so it was probably a saving grace that we were trapped where we were”
When they were finally rescued by police, they were told that there were bodies everywhere and that they shouldn’t open their eyes until they were out of the building.
After the terrifying ordeal, Christine told friends on Facebook: “Thanks for your concern everyone, both Mariesha Jack and me are out and safe.”
This account is just one of a handful that gave a slight insight into the fear ensued by Friday’s terror attack on the French capital.
Early on the morning of Saturday 14th of November, in the aftermath of bloodshed and carnage in Paris, a South African student, Isobel Bowdery posted a picture on Facebook of the bloodstained top she had been wearing when she finally escaped the Bataclan. In the heartbreaking caption that accompanied the picture, she wrote “As I lay 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.”
Bowdery also commended the acts of human kindness she encountered “To the complete strangers who picked me up from the road and consoled me, to the woman who opened her doors to the survivors, to the friend who offered me shelter – You make me believe that this world has the potential to be better”
The photograph and accompanying post attracted the attention of over 100,000 people.