Fanny Klein was one among thousands in Brussels Zaventem airport on March 22, 2015, on what appeared to be a normal morning. Injured in the suicide bombings, she is now being treated in a hospital in Antwerp. The 20-year-old gave her poignant account of events that morning.
It sounded like the end of the world in one second.
“I hadn’t even had the time to look around because we’d just arrived at the (check-in) line. There wasn’t even enough time to say a word and then all of a sudden there was just this enormous noise. It sounded like the end of the world in one second. I found myself on the ground and there was ash everywhere. It was all grey. I was covered in some brown stuff. It smelt of burnt pork, so I got up and I got out as fast as possible.
“Then people told me I’d suffered burns, but I didn’t really understand… I passed a mirror and saw I was half burned but I didn’t really want to look too closely.”
But she refuses to be beaten by what happened.
“I’m not going to spend my days crying. I cried a little yesterday but if I continue, I’ll be dehydrated,” she told reporters.
It was an optimistic outlook from Fanny, but the scars are, nonetheless, likely to take some time to heal.