Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin became a symbol for the senselessness of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Anthony ‘Maz’ Maslin and his wife Marite ‘Rin’ Norris were faced with an unbearable loss when they lost their three children and their grandfather Nick Norris, died aboard the plane that was shot down over a Ukraine warzone. All 298 passengers and crew were killed in the incident. “Our world as we knew it was absolutely over in that moment and we just started to say, ‘when the world ended’ and that’s how we refer to it now,” says mum Rin Norris. The challenge of how to survive their loss was all-consuming for Maz and Rin. The couple were part of a strong and supportive community in Perth’s Scarborough district and a group of friends surrounded them, bringing in meals and making sure that they weren’t left alone. Friends formed a “web of love” to support the couple.
As the fifth anniversary of the MH17 tragedy approaches, Maz and Rin are telling their story for the first time. They want to thank the people who helped them and honour their kids and Nick. They hope their story of overcoming intense grief might be helpful for others.
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