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Heart-breaking messages were posted on Facebook by relatives of those on board missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 following the second anniversary of its disappearance. But one thread remains the same. They have all vowed to fight to search for the truth and to find their loved ones.
MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport on 8 March 2014 with 227 passengers and 12 crew members. Neither the plane nor its passengers have been found despite extensive search operations in the Indian Ocean. So far only a flaperon found on Reunion Island last year has been positively identified as belonging to the missing plane.
Family members of those on board the Boeing 777-2---ER have set up Voice370 as a support group and to speak out on behalf of their missing family members. The plane carried people from 14 nations, of which 153 were Chinese nationals, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French, three Americans, two Canadians, two New Zealanders, two Ukrainians and one each from the Netherlands, Russia and Taiwan. Two passengers carrying fake passports were also on board the plane.
Ghyslain Wattrelos, whose wife Laurence and two of his children, Amber, 13 and Hadrian, 17, are missing said on Facebook that time has not helped ease the pain of losing them. "You guys disappeared two years ago. The time does nothing to help, we are hurt forever. Nothing will ever be the same."
He continued: "We don't know where you are and why ... but I promise you that I will find answers." He posted pictures of his missing family on Facebook.
Jennifer Chong, 48, from Australia shared how difficult each day has been since her husband Chong Ling Tan, went missing. Chong, who has filed a claim in the Victorian Supreme Court in Australia recently said: "Everyday remains difficult and getting tougher in fact. There is no one day I didn't miss you, there is no one day I stop counting the days.
She continued: "I don't know what should I do except holding and hanging on to the hope and mission to find you. I hope to see you soon. I hope today is the day. Till then, I will be strong for our boys ... you know I need you." The couple have two boys aged 19 and 15.
Grace Subathirai Nathan's mother Anne, was on the missing plane. She lamented how only after more than four hours after contact was lost with MH390 the Malaysian Air Traffic Control initiated search and rescue for the plane. She recalled receiving the telephone call from her father to inform her about the missing plane.
"It was and still is the most harrowing phone call I ever received in my life. Little did we know the plane was still in flight. Now two years on, I still haven't got a clue where my mother is or what happened to her," she said.
"Maa, where I you? What happened to you? Are you ok? All those hours on the plane, did you know what was happening? Were you scared? Were you asleep? I'm so sorry we haven't found you, but I promise I'm trying as hard as possibly can because I love and miss you so so much and I will never give up on you," she posted.
Ida Hasnan shared her brother, flight attendant Mohamad Hazrin Hasnan's picture with painful memories. "I miss you beyond words, and I love you. Sometimes we wish 8th March 2014 never existed but it did." She added Hazrin is constantly in her prayers and "we look forward to seeing you soon."
Indian national Narendran K.S. whose wife Chandrika Sharma commended the Remembrance event held in Kuala Lumpur on 6 March but lambasted both Malaysia Airlines and government officials for failing to attend. "It is hard to pay tribute when one more time rage wells up and wounds reopen. Rage and pain has been ever present these last two years."
He said: "I draw strength from knowing that none has given up on seeking answers and on a life ahead of us. We may never know what came of them but we will not give up searching, seeking answers.