As you can all imagine my country is in turmoil. A plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down.
By whom? No 100% certainties yet apart from the fact that it is a coward. Big enough to shoot with big weapons, too small to acknowledge he or she did it. Typical cowardly behaviour.
I did not loose a loved one. None of my extended network was directly affected. The only person I know anything of was Prof Joep Lange, and his passing will be sorely missed within HIV/AIDS research.
What upsets me is how these people in their death are becoming a political pawn between people that want to investigate what happened and move the victims in a dignified way to their families so that they can say goodbye. People there have been seen looting the place, stealing from the dead – so utterly low. It is so clear that the rebels ‘in control’ do not want any investigation. It is so clear that they want to hide stuff and it is so clear that there really is nobody in control at all.
Why can’t they for the purest dignity of the people that were killed step away for just two days, so that the victims can be repatriated in a dignified manner to their families. These people are not making any friends this way, they are just upsetting people a lot.
This is such a sad, shocking time for our little country. I am so sad, angry and generally upset and I am not even directly affected. My heart goes out to all those that lost their loved ones to due to this cowardly behaviour displayed by some self styled ‘rebels’. I wish there was more something I could do other than to voice it here.