“We are born in extreme fragility,
and we die in extreme fragility.
Throughout our lives we remain vulnerable,
and at risk of being wounded.
Each child is so vulnerable, so fragile
and without any defenses!”
When he came to live with Raphaël Simi and Philippe Seux in Trosly-Breuil, France, in August 1964, Jean Vanier knew it was an irreversible act. Philippe and Raphaël had been placed in a centre for people with intellectual disabilities. In this asylum as Philippe said:“it had been no life at all: all day long, sitting in a room.”