Libyans and expats were united in grief this week as we woke to news of the plane crash at Tripoli airport that killed 103 people.  With only the tail fin intact and one survivor; a boy of just nine years who was orphaned by the crash, this was an event that was devastating beyond belief.

Upon hearing the news, parents sent their children off to school, holding them longer as they said goodbye for the day, and husbands and wives lingered in their affections in contrast to the brief encounters of a typical weekday morning.  We were all so grateful to be alive, and deeply saddened for the families of those who would not see the day.

The Dutch community rallied around the bed of the sole survivor, Rueben van Assouw.  Children painted pictures for him, wishing him good health and recovery and many, many prayers were said on his behalf.

He has now returned home, bringing some closure to the horrendous journey thrust upon him since the crash, however the process of grief has only just begun.  His miracle gift of life is the glimmer of hope in such a tragedy.  Let’s hope that history does not ever repeat this day.


Emma








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By Emma Parker

Sunday 16th May 2010

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