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One Year After Flight MH17 Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in News

One year ago, the Malaysia plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in a rebel area of Ukraine. All 285 passengers and 15 crew members were killed. To make matters worse, the recovery of bodies and evidence was stalled because of the unrest in the area. A week later, the first remains returned home to the Netherlands in what was, at least for me, the greatest sign of camaraderie, respect and patriotism I have seen in the Netherlands.

A year after the MH17 tragedy, there are still many questions. Both the aviation and the criminal investigation are still underway, and it seems it will be a long process. In the meantime, the families of those who died are trying to heal their wounds. The questions that remain are Who did it? Why? Did those responsible know it was a passenger plane and not a military plane?

Today, the families gathered to remembered their loved ones. Because the plane crashed into a sunflower field, many arrived at the ceremony with sunflowers instead of roses. In Ukraine, people also gathered to remember the victims, carrying sunflowers and showing camaraderie with all those affected by this terrible tragedy. My prayers are with the family of the victims. May the victims rest in peace and live in the hearts of their loved ones.

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About the Author: Karoly Molina

Since I was a little girl, I was fascinated with languages and writing. I speak English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and a little bit of French. I am a writer, reader, language teacher, traveler, and a food lover! I now live in The Netherlands with my husband Riccardo, our cat Mona, and our dog Lisa, and the experience has been phenomenal. The Dutch culture is an exciting sometimes topsy-turvy world that I am happily exploring!


  1. Bridget:

    I lived in The Netherlands from 1987 – 1992. I loved my time there and I fell in love with the people and the country. I miss it and my dearest wish it to return with my husband and my daughter. She was born in Zeist. When MH17 was shot down, my heart broke for everyone on board and all of the family and friends of those lost. I still think of those families and friends often and I hope that answers come to them about why and who. Thank you for this update.

    • Karoly G Molina:

      @Bridget Thank you for stopping by Bridget! This country is definitely one to love! I hope you are your family can come visit soon 🙂