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Flight 370: Still a Mystery

by Aeshna Chandra on Friday, April 25th, 2014

The story of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the increasingly difficult search for the plane, and the despair of many families have been globally broadcasted, touching the hearts of people all across the world. Although the majority of news coverage has focused on the passengers, captains, and search for the plane, the families are arguably the most affected ones from this whole debacle; while the fate of the plane remains unknown, these families have faced an exasperating period of waiting on their loved ones. Their lack of knowledge about their family members is a daily cause of distress and despair. While the search for the plane goes on, the Malaysian government and leaders of the world must turn their attention to the families of the passengers, as the families have suffered the most out of everyone involved in this tragic event.

Although increasing evidence suggests MH370 found its watery grave just off the coast of Australia, the families of those lost on the plane have still not received any reassuring news. Throughout the search, every time that fresh leads appear and then fail, their hopes are elevated, only to later be dashed. To CNN, James Wood, whose brother Philip was one of three Americans on the flight, said that the families were stuck in a “holding pattern…just waiting and waiting.” Many other experts, such as Pauline Boss who spoke to CNN, have commented on the ambiguity of the MH370 situation: families who wish to see their loved ones again cannot accept their deaths without some sort of proof, and without the plane, there can be no evidence, no matter how certain the world is that the plane crashed.

More recently, a new set of families started to feel the same contrasting mix of despair and hope that the MH370 families felt weeks ago. In South Korea, the parents of the high school students on the capsized ferry boat face a similar situation as the relatives of the plane passengers. For the next few days and weeks, until all the information about the disaster is discovered and and every corpse is identified, parents will not know whether or not their child is alive.

Grieving for the plane’s passengers–who by now have been missing for over a month– feels wrong to some of the families, for their deaths have not yet been officially confirmed. Boss suggested to CNN that people be understanding to the families and not force them to move on before they are ready. But what about taking it a step further— instead of just leaving them be, bystanders of the tragedy should reach in and give them a helping hand. Perhaps all these families need is a little support in the face of all this despair, something which the Malaysian government has evidently not supplied to them. We’ve all seen people bring food over when a family member dies; maybe that’s all the families in Beijing and Malaysia need: that pot of soup, piece of cake, or even just the idea that someone is there to support them, knocking at the door with a bowl of food, waiting to help them through the greatest tragedy their lives.

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