13-02-2012

Mar. 16th, 2012 11:15 pm
falcon_horus: "It's smaller on the outside" - Clara (Sad Kahlan)
A day Belgium will not forget for years to come. A day in which 28 people lost their lives in a tragic accident as their bus hit a tunnel wall in Switzerland on their way home from a ski-trip. A day in which 22 children, aged 11-12 years old, are lost forever. A day in which 6 adults' lives are suddenly cut short. A day which leaves a little country devastated, united in grief and loss.

Today we had a day of mourning and at 11am everywhere people fell silent and held the deceased, the wounded and their families in their thoughts. Cars, busses, bikes... had attached either a black ribbon or a white one to sideview mirrors, antenna's or wherever it was possible to attach it to show their compassion and sympathy.

I attached a white ribbon to my car. I didn't think my bosses would go along with the moment of silence at 11am but they did ask for it, and it was quite eerie to hear a busy office suddenly fall silent. My sister works at the airport and she was right on top of it as she had to let the 28 cars that would carry the coffins from the airport to their hometowns pass. And then at 11am she saw an entire airport fall silent while people stood in front of the windows facing the airport's mortuary.

I watched the late night news, and saw what she was talking about... that many cars carrying small white coffins, and 6 chestnut coffins... that's... it's not something you see every day.

These kids and their chaperones were from two different schools, one in Heverlee (Leuven) and one in Lommel (which is like the next town where I live - I go to the cinema in Lommel and used to go to evening school there). Lommel was hit the hardest with 17 dead.

Currently there are 3 children still in a critical condition in Swiss hospitals and from the looks of it, their prognosis isn't good.

Link to CNN article on the accident - Swiss bus crash kills 28

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