An image obtained by the Paris Match shows three adult hostages hiding in the basement freezer of the “Hyper-Cacher” while terrorists in the store above killed four Jewish customers.
A closer look at the photo shows a fourth hostage, a baby being breastfed by its mother. A Muslim worker, Lassana Bathily, had directed the customers to the freezer, and turned it off. The hostages hid in the cold for several hours before the terrorist was killed by French security forces.
Breastfeeding is a universal language of comfort for mothers and babies during stressful times. I can only imagine what was going through this mother’s head while trying to keep her baby calm and quiet, knowing that the terrorist could find them at any moment.
The four terror victims, Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada, were buried in Israel. Our hearts go out to the families of all of the victims of the recent events in France.