Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Relatives of MH17 and Lockerbie tragedies brought together

[This is the headline over an article published this afternoon on the website of The Herald newspaper. It reads as follows:]

Families affected by the Lockerbie disaster have met relatives of victims of the MH17 crash to share their experiences.

The Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur was brought down in a rebel area of Eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 283 passengers, including 80 children, were killed in the crash.

The Lockerbie bombing which brought down a trans-Atlantic flight in 1988 is still fresh in the mind of the families who lost loved ones. Pan Am Flight 103 was targeted in a terrorist attack that resulted in 259 passengers being killed as well as 11 people on the ground.

Silene Fredriksz lost her son Bryce and his girlfriend Daisy in the MH17 incident. The young couple was travelling to Bali when the plane came down.

The Fredriksz family met John and Lisa Mosey, whose daughter Helga died in the Lockerbie disaster, for a documentary filmed by BBC Alba's Eorpa which shows how the families are coping with their loss.

Ms Fredriksz said: "It's a nightmare. Every time you close your eyes you see how that airplane exploded with them in it."

During the conversation between the Moseys and the Fredriksz family, they spoke about the importance of forgiveness in helping them to come to terms with what happened.

The Dutch family also met Jim Swire who continues to campaign for what he believes was a wrongful conviction over the Lockerbie bombing. Mr Swire lost his daughter Flora who had been travelling to the USA to spend Christmas with her boyfriend.

He said: "Seeking truth and justice was my way of coping with the loss of that lovely girl of ours - our eldest daughter Flora and to a great extent, I'd felt that I had been doing that for her."

After meeting the other relatives whose family members were killed more than 26 years ago, Ms Fredriksz said: "It was very emotional but very good that we did it... I think we can learn a lot from this. They have a positive outlook and can still enjoy life."

The programme will be shown at 8.30pm [tomorrow, Wednesday] on BBC ALBA Eorpa.

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