Remembering the victims of MH17 who died in a plane crash in Ukraina last week I chose this song for this Music Monday.
I am on a summer holiday in Spain right now. I was strolling around, admiring the modernista architecture in Barcelona when I heard the news last Thursday. That night my family and I followed the Dutch tv back to back coverage. For us this accident seemed so close because we are from The Netherlands and the route of the unfortunate MH17 flew was Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur. The same route we mostly take when we fly to Indonesia. It is either Amsterdam – Singapore – Jakarta or Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur – Jakarta.
The Netherlands mourn the loss of 193 citizens. On Dutch public events there have been moments of silence to memorate the victims. Condolences registers are open for public in the city halls, sport clubs (where victims were member of), churches and online.
As days went by, more stories emerged on social media and Dutch press. Many Dutch families were in that plane, some with young kids. They were heading for their long awaited summer holiday in The Phillipines, Malaysia, Thailand or Indonesia. Most of them were going to Indonesia. Seeing a Bali Lombok Lonely Planet guidebook found on the crash site made me feel gutted. I imagine their excitement, finally their holiday started. They had no idea 3 hours after taking off, their life would be brutally ended.
In the city I work a family of 4 (parents and two kids) were also among the victims. Names and faces give this tragedy human touch behind cold statistics. Family and loved-ones of the victims have made a tribute page on Facebook. Among the passengers killed there were this brilliant Dutch PhD student and her boyfriend who went backpacking. A smart Dutch – Indo allround student and DJ travelling with his sister and his parents for a 4 weeks holiday. And many more.
It seems like Indonesians living in The Netherlands know someone who knew one or more victims. An Indonesian friend of mine lost her Indonesian best friend. Her friend was in that plane with her husband and daughter.
Officially there were 12 Indonesian killed in that plane but there were also Indonesians by birth who held Dutch passport. They met their death in MH17. These Indonesians by birth were counted as Dutch casualties as stated on passengers’ manifest issued by Malaysian Airline on its website.
I dedicate this song to the family and loved-ones of the victims no matter which nationality they had. May the family find strength to cope with this unexpected huge loss. And may the victims be identified soon so that the family can bury them properly.
And above all rest in peace to all souls lost.
Dutchies uploaded a black image as their profile pic as a mourning sign (see featured pic).