These quotes from MH17 relatives are truly heartbreaking

Tuesday 22 July 2014 10:30

There has been a lot of discussion about the harrowing images of the MH17 crash site, but nothing encapsulates the true scale of the disaster than the words of those who lost loved ones themselves.

Silene Fredriks-Hoogzand lost her son Bryce and his girlfriend Daisy Oehlers, having paid for a four-week holiday in Bali for them to "find happiness" again after Daisy's mother died.

"When I am in my bed at night, I see my son lying on the ground. I see Daisy. They have to come home, not only those two. Everybody has to come home.

"I saw pictures on Facebook of bodies, complete bodies. I had to look at it because maybe my son was in the picture.

"Bodies are just lying there for three days in the hot sun. There are people who have this on their conscience. There are families who can never hold the body of a child or a mother."

Jordan Withers lost his uncle Glenn Thomas, a World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesman and former journalist.

"Seeing the news this morning, they have been loading them on to trains like cargo.

"And it's just degrading and inhumane. You wouldn't treat anyone like that. It's 2014. You can't believe it's still going on, really. It's unbelievable.

"Some of the scenes I've been seeing, people emptying bags and bodies – it's not something our family would be ready to see, and I don't think we will be for a long time. We're just playing the waiting game and hopefully it can be resolved as soon as possible so we can have our uncle back."

Barry Sweeney, lost his 28-year-old son Liam, who was travelling with his friend John Adler to see Newcastle United play in New Zealand.

"I have seen a little bit of the news. I try to stop watching it only because it is upsetting, especially when you see body bags, but I'm hoping Liam is in one of those because I don't want him to be lying there somewhere where there's nobody there to give him a good cuddle, you know?

"I think I'm getting through it because I can talk to people, as long as I'm talking, I'm fine; when I stop the tears come.

"Without going into politics, because I think the Government have to sort that out.

"I just want them basically to bring the 298 people who need to be brought home for this to close."

(Source: Today programme, ITV's This Morning. Pictures: AP/PA)

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