A Day of Mourning

Today’s post will be short one, because at 16.00 local time (it’s currently 15.15), there will be a minute’s silence for MH17. The first plane bringing home the Malaysian Airlines victims is expected to arrive in the Netherlands today at that time (at an airbase in Eindhoven), and it is officially a national day of mourning. In addition to the one minute of silence, flags are flying at half mast and a “Silent March” is taking place in Amsterdam at 20.00, departing from Dam Square.

Flags at half mast

Flags at half mast

I would also like to share another link with you: a powerful and eloquent speech by Frans Timmermans (Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs) to the UN Security Council.

Hayley x


  1. Definitely a sad day here. It’s really mind boggling for me personally as I come from Crimea originally and have many things to say about the whole Ukraine-Russia situation, but I’m not going to get into that. It’s just such a tragedy that this happened


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