I just don’t know what to say…

Living in a different country from where you grew up is without a doubt difficult at times. No matter how hard you try, you will miss birthdays, weddings, parties, summer bbq’s and afternoons of endless cups of tea with your sister or best friend. No matter how big or small the occasion, it’s hard.

It is most difficult though when something bad happens. When disaster strikes either your family, friends or your fellow countrymen it is extremely hard to not be around.

The airplane disaster from last Thursday is without a doubt the worst thing that happened to my home country since I left it. Flight MH17 was shot from the air and there were no survivors, 193 of the victims were Dutch. Reading about parents who waved bye bye to their children never to see them again makes me so sad it is hard to keep back my tears. The words: “The death count has risen by 3 because 3 babies didn’t have their own seats” saddens me to the core and make me cry every time I think about them.

The stories about how the site has not yet been secured, how the bodies have been man handled and how the victims possessions have been looted are infuriating. The thought of children’s and babies bodies being out there, being treated in this awful disrespectful way is leaving me speechless and tearful. Not being able to mourn with my fellow Dutchies has never been harder.

Please spare a thought for the victims and their families.

6 thoughts on “I just don’t know what to say…

  1. I know there’s much that anyone can say other than my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the other innocents involved in this tragedy. I’m so sorry that you have had to navigate through the past few days without the support of your nation and countrymen surrounding you. I hope you have been able to find some comfort and peace with your friends and family where you are now.

    1. Thank you so much for your nice comment, my mum was over for a bit so we watched the first victim’s return to Holland together. Very emotional but it was nice to be together on such a sad day.

  2. Terribly sad event. These people got caught up in something that they have absolutely nothing to do with.
    It’s hard not to be there and grieve with others and simply be counted.

    1. It is terrible, I was grateful for the BBC showing all the first victims coming home and that my mum was here with me.

  3. It saddens me greatly too… My grandson just went on a 3 week visit to Europe with such happy expectations as did all of those on that flight shot down…. It breaks my heart …. Diane

    1. It is so hard to think about all those families losing their loved ones, I cuddled Elisabeth and Jacob an awful lot in the last few weeks.

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