jean-paul mari

jean paul mari

Jean-Paul Mari has reported on conflicts in more than three dozen countries.


intro’d to him here:

tedxcannes 2015

The chilling aftershock of a brush with death

what is this thing that kills us w/o leaving any scars..

it (trauma) was something that existed but we never talk about.

i’m talking about facing the void of death.. and that’s something no one is supposed to see.

and when it happens.. it can remain invisible for a while.. and then it explodes.. it’s taking up all the space..

from then on he knows he’s dead..

and no one understands…

suicide is like updating you’re daily planner.. because you know you are already dead…

why don’t we talk about this… it’s not like we don’t have the words to express the void of death.

others don’t want to hear it.

1/3 of soldiers in iraq suffer from ptsd

in 1939, still 200000 soldiers from first ww that were being treated

in viet nam 54000 people died, americans, in 1987, us govt identified 102 000 died from suicide

this relates to everything

so why haven’t we talked about it

the only way to heal.. and it’s treatable.. is to find a way to express it

a wordless image of oblivion that obsesses us.. the only way to cope with it is to put human words to it


because these people feel excluded from humanity.. ie: i’m afraid people will see the horror in my eyes

if we can work it out verbally we can reclaim our place in humanity


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Jean-Paul Mari (born 1950) is an award-winning French author and journalist. He was born in 1950 in Algiers, leaving his birthplace at the age of 11. He studied psychology and worked as a physiotherapist at a hospital in Toulouse. He has since done stints as a radio host, radio reporter and print journalist. Since 1985, he has been attached with Le Nouvel Observateur.

As a war correspondent, Mari has published hundreds of stories covering the world, including conflicts in more than three dozen countries. His first book was L’homme qui survécut, published in 1989. He has since published several more volumes of reportage and released a documentary Irak, quand les soldats meurent (2006).





a nother way – systemic change..