Campaign to support disabled Québec Mosque shooting hero

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Campaign to support disabled Québec Mosque shooting hero

Aymen Derbali is paralyzed after taking several bullets when he confronted the shooter in last January’s attack at the main Québec City mosque in Ste-Foy (near Université Laval). He can no longer live in or even visit his family home, a fourth-floor apartment with no lift.  Mosque members have found a house nearby that is already adapted for a disabled person, and are crowdfunding to raise 400,000$ to buy it.

I mentioned Mr Derbali's situation in the Québec mosque shooting thread, but with the appeal, thought it would be worthwhile to start a new thread.


The crowdfunding campaign for an accessible home for Ayman Derbali has surpassed its goal! So they can begin any further work needed and if all goes well, reunite the Derbali famil soon!

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It's despicable and shameful that Quebec City is such a hot bed for xenophobes,bigots and fascists. That particular Mosque still gets hate crimes.

I hope this crowd funding campaign can help Mr.Derbali live in his own home with his family. I wish nothing but evil and violent years for the shooter in jail.

And let's not protect or sympathize with this White Nationalist / La Meute creation,please. He doesn't deserve it.


Remember the guy who set the Mosque's chairman's car on fire? That could kill somebody.

It is so weird. I have friends in Québec who of course are nothing like that. The hate radio doesn't help, but it goes back a long way. Québec used to have a little Chinatown, in part of what now is St-Roch.

That demolition was also criminal in terms of built heritage, as well as social and cultural. Many of the buildings demolished dated back to the early 19th century, and were older than any other part of the city except what is now "Old Québec" within the walls - and older than most European settlements in many Canadian regions.

My friends there were among those actively welcoming refugees from Chile or other dictatorships in South America.

The nasty right wing has other effects as well. I believe that a party that actually wanted to REDUCE public transport in QC came second in the recent municipal elections - the party similar to Projet Montréal came third. The central neighbourhoods in Québec are of a beauty and walkability rare anywhere north of the Rio Grande in North America, but beyond the historic district, St-Jean-Baptiste and Montcalm, St-Roch, St-Sauveur and Limoilou, there is cancerous sprawl worthy of anywhere in the US central Midwest.

And among the former suburbs, only Ste-Foy has a significant "visible minority" contingent, as so many Université Laval students from North and West Africa, the Levant and other francophone places have stayed on.

I'm always happy when staying in neighbourhoods in central Québec, as when I return from Europe, the great nowhere in most of (north-of-Rio-Grande) North America pains me viscerally, but it would be very hard for me to live there now. One of my friends there has a Haitian dad, and when there was a teen prostitution scandal involving a Caribbean street gang, people stared at him on the bus. Most of the clients were white guys, of course...

This story makes me sad for another reason. Boom Boom was hospitalised in Limoilou, and it was a winter as cold as this one. And I was really broke (better now).  Went through a lot to get clients to pay up, and make sure friends in Limoilou could put me up (without me being a bother to them). Sadly, then Boom Boom renounced chemo and basically accepted to die. While I certainly feel it was his choice, I was devastated.


Some good news! Aymen and his family are now living in the crowdfunded (and otherwise charitably raised) house in Ste-Foy, near Laval university and the apartment where they lived before. By the way Ste-Foy is now a borough of Québec; it is among the adjacent suburbs merged into the central City.