Tuesday, 14 January 2020

In Memoriam

Image result for candle imagesYesterday evening I attended a candlelight vigil in Civic Square along with many others from our small town. 

It was to remember and honour a family living in our town,  Dr. Razgar Rahimi, his wife Farideh Gholami, their three-year-old son Jiwan and their unborn baby, who were all travelling on Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 when it was blown out of the sky by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran on January 8 2020. 

Someone had an itchy trigger finger.

138 of the 167 passengers were returning to Canada. 57 of them were Canadians.  Everyone was killed.

Many of the travellers on board were affiliated with Canadian Universities as students, faculty, researchers or professors. Five young students from schools in my local area won't be returning to school. There are vigils and flags at half-mast at towns and cities all across Canada. It is a Canadian tragedy.

We are sad. We are disappointed. We are horrified. And we are very angry. 

13 comments:

  1. Oh no - that is terrible news!

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  2. Oh my heart aches for the senseless loss of people, friends, countrymen...
    Will it ever stop?
    Man's inhumanity to man just doesn't compute with me.
    So sad...
    to answer your question, yes we have Vicks and it does work wonders. Used it as a child and still do. Feeling so much better today.

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    1. So tragic. A whole family destroyed in a flash in the sky.
      I'm glad you're feeling better.... keep on using the Vicks!

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  3. Oh, such terrible news we never want to hear, so very sad!

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    1. Such a huge loss of educated intelligent people.

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  4. I echo the last paragraph. And grieve with and for all those lost, their families, their friends, their countrymen.

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    1. Most were of Iranian heritage travelling home from New Year visits with family, ready to start 2020. I think there has been a loss of someone from almost every Canadian University.

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  5. I feel exactly the same! Such a senseless tragedy!

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  6. We are with you Shammi, so many innocent lives gone forever, a huge tragedy ✨

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  7. Good for you for acknowledging and attending.

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  8. A young woman, a PhD student at the University of Waterloo, was among the people killed in this tragic event. She was a warm, engaging, delightful young woman with her whole life ahead of her. How sad.

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  9. It is infuriating, to say the least.

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