“We’re ordinary citizens who love our family. My parents are in absolute distress. We were eight brothers and sisters, now we’re down to six,” says Abdallah Saadi, a brother of Halima and Houda, two sisters who tragically died in last Friday’s attacks in Paris.
The Guardian takes a look at the Muslim victims of the horrific attacks —
“They came from varied backgrounds but the Muslim victims of the indiscriminate multiple attacks were all in the prime of their lives. They included a violinist, an architect, a receptionist and a shop assistant. As the children of France’s colonial legacy, or citizens of those countries, their deaths have cast a shroud of mourning beyond French shores to north Africa.”
Islam scholar Jean-Pierre Filiu makes the point that what Isis wanted “is that today in Paris and in France, Muslims are killed in reprisal. They want a civil war in France.”