The Western Australian parents who lost all three of their children when flight MH17 crashed, released a statement today that will break your heart, and make you hold your own loved ones a little tighter.
Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris lost their children Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis, 8, when they travelled on MH17 with their grandfather, Nick Norris. I can’t even wrap my brain around this kind of tragedy. The kids and their grandfather were returning from a family holiday in Amsterdam, while their parents stayed behind. All 298 passengers and crew on board, including 80 children, were killed.
The family released a statement today that begins with, “Our pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell.”
I could barely bring myself to read this statement when I came across it this morning. I can’t even imagine the kind of pain these parents are going through. When you read about this kind of tragedy, it’s almost impossible to fully digest the scope of what has happened – that one family’s house full of children, laughter, and the life they have built could crumble beneath them with no warning.
“Our babies are not here with us – we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives.
No one deserves what we are going through.
Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.
No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis.
No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for Grandad Nick.
No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other.
This is a revelation that gives us some comfort.”
“No hate in the world is as strong as the love that we have for our children.” I cried for the family this morning. If only the collective pain that we all feel when things like this happened to other people could help alleviate some of theirs. I know it can’t. But I truly hope this family finds some peace.