There has been some confusion about what Fabien wants and why he is doing this. Here is a short answer:
Why is Fabien on a Hunger Strike?
Purpose: to get VAC to take responsibility for destroying his life. The 5 months VAC took to sort out the accounting issue and finally get Fabien’s back pension to him halted renovations to his house, which was rendered unlivable. The lack of income ruined his credit and drove him into bankruptcy. No funds meant Fabien had to bring the cats he rescued back to the SPCA to be put down. The stress and despair of all of this added to his PTSD resulted in a suicide attempt and hospitalization and it still took another month to fix.
VAC’s solution was ‘oops, well, we fixed the account number and gave you the money, so all’s well.’ It isn’t. Fabien’s home is still unlivable. He stays with his mother and his possessions are in a storage locker. He is still trying to heal his wounds which won’t happen as long as he is living this nightmare. He wants VAC to apologize and restore his house to the condition it was in before this started. Not a complete reno, just get him back to where he was.
Never mind that it is disgusting that a veteran should suffer this, never mind that someone who develops PTSD in service to us should be treated with extreme care, never mind all of that. Just ask yourself this:
How long would you last with no income?
What would you do?
Fabien is not weak because this happened to him. He is strong to have survived so much misery. It is a mark of his strength of character that he has quietly fought his battle for fairness for the past 6 years. His strong will is what allows him to deny himself food, to endue physical suffering along with the mental, in order that he might finally achieve the fairness he deserves.
In interviews today, Fabien had this to say:
“They kill me in 2004. They only thing left is just my bones and flesh and that’s it. So I am here to give them the rest of my remains. The only thing that’s left is doing my hunger strike.”