The psychological cell tells about the effects on the residents of the neighborhood

“There wasn’t a crowd, but it still helped calm things down a bit”: This is how Vanda Ferencikova, a psychologist at the support unit set up after Lola’s murder, takes stock of his work. This cell was set up at City Hall in the 19th and arrondissement for residents of the borough following the brutal murder of this 12-year-old teenager in mid-October and was open until November 12th.

The practitioner of the L’Epoc association made a stay at the town hall from the 19th to the end of October. Above all, she saw parents who “identified with Lola’s parents”. A woman who was sent back by this tragedy to her anguish as a mother and to a “sorrow she experienced long ago that she thought she had overcome and which was revived by this event”. And a family whose children visited Lola and whose everyday life was “completely disrupted by this event”.

“Even where she lived had become unbearable, this event made her want to move,” explains the practitioner. Since then, the parents have organized themselves to bring the children to school, “they no longer came home to eat, they stayed at school”. Vanda Ferencikova’s job was to help them find their bearings.

“Mourning for an ideal of coexistence”

Another practitioner, Patrick Almeida, has dealt with other, very different cases in the same premises. Altogether he saw five people in two shifts. “They were people who lived in the building,” he explains 20 minutes. Among these residents, the murder of little Lola aroused “misunderstanding and anger” and generated “fear of a disorder in the world and a sense of insecurity”.

The psychologist remembers two cases in particular. A lady “in her thirties” “broke down in tears” who was unable to sleep after the incident. “He was a person already facing professional and social integration problems, and this event added a layer to his social phobia,” recalls Patrick Almeida. And an “Algerian gentleman” or Algerian origin, who “burst into tears in a kind of mixture of mourning for the girl’s parents and fear for him”, with the “fear of being stigmatized because of his origin”, suspects Lola’s murder , Dhabia B., born in Algeria. “He couldn’t sleep anymore, his fear of the future had a loop, he feared being punished because the suspect is also Algerian. It was very bad,” the psychologist recalls.

After all, according to the psychologist, many of these people had to cope with a kind of “mourning for an ideal of living together, living together” and were able to share their sadness and melancholy. “It was important that this cell was set up, especially since they weren’t people who are used to counseling,” says his colleague Vanda Ferencikova. And finally: “It allowed them to put their feelings into words, to think things through, in the face of something terrible and meaningless. »

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