The United States is preparing to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. For the survivors, the pain is still deep.

If Americans struggle to forget the September 11, 2001 attacks, for the victims, the pain is even more acute. “It’s as if it had just happened, I was so lucky to survive”, testifies Mary Jos, one of the survivors. At 9:03 am (US time), the second plane had just crashed into the second tower on the same floor where Mary Jos was. “When I woke up, no one was moving around me, I thought everyone was dead. And besides, I think it was,” she adds. She will descend 78 floors at high speed that day, an action that will allow her to come out alive.

Will Jimeno is also a survivor of the attacks. He was not in one of the towers but was part of the police responsible for rescuing the victims. “I saw people throw themselves, sometimes alone, sometimes holding hands. The last one who jumped threw his arms out on the cross, like Jesus who was going to be crucified,” he testifies. The first of the two towers collapses and falls on him. It will sound like a hundred freight trains crushing his face. “I suffered for several hours and I saw my colleague and friend die before my eyes,” he says with emotion. For Loïc de La Mornais, journalist from France Télévisions, in duplex from New York (United States), the ceremony will be placed under the sign of bitterness. On the tenth anniversary, Americans could be satisfied with the death of Osama bin Laden, former head of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network. Today, it is above all a feeling of waste that accompanies the Americans after the departure of the soldiers from Afghanistan.

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