Augusta business owner, Belgian native talks Belgium attacks

Augusta business owner, Belgian native talks Brussells attack

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - One Augusta woman has a very personal connection to the attacks in Brussells this morning.

Bebette Smith is from Belgium and frequently flies into the Brussells Airport, as recently as earlier this month.

Smith is hard at work at the La Bonbonierre Chocolate Shop. It's a little slice of Belgium right here in the Garden City.

"I have a happy place here because I make chocolates," said Smith.

Today, Bebette's heart is heavy, her native country was struck by tragedy. More than 30 dead and 200 wounded -- many of the casualties happened at the airport she frequently flies into. She was there less than two weeks ago. 

"To think that we were there 13 days ago, we came back from Belgium. So we are very familiar with the airport which is really easy, and safe. Or which I thought was safe," said Smith.

Bebette called Belgium home for 22 years, but a military family made Augusta her current home. She flies back to her home country twice a year.

"It's devastating. To see the airport we know being we know as a busy place, but to see it on the news with all the smoke and bodies on the floor and a little child in his mother's arms," said Smith.

Despite witnessing the horror on her TV this morning, she'll go home again. She believes not going back to Belgium -- would be exactly what the terrorists want.

"I will go back. In October, I will be back and I don't think it should be a deterrent to travel. Because that's what they want, they want you to stop everything," said Smith.

Smith is happy to report none of her family in Belgium were affected by the attacks.

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