Basically, I can't stop obsessing over the idea of getting the two of them together.
The Dutch boy, Ruben van Assouw, age 9, is, sadly, now an orphan; his French counterpart, Bahia Bakari, now 14, still has her father. Granted, five years is a pretty big gap, especially at that age, but surely that's nothing compared to having shared such a rare and harrowing experience. I think at the very least they could act as each other's sponsors, in the way that A.A. sponsorship works: should one of them wake up in the middle of the night with terrible nightmares, or start to crack under the pressure of having been given a second chance, they could reach out to someone who understand their pain. Bakari wrote a memoir about her experience but has turned down Steven Spielberg's offer to film it because, "It would be too terrifying. Nobody could act out the pain I felt in those moments."
Well, now, at least, there's one other person who could probably act out "the pain." I just hope they find each other.