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"I really hope that my aunt's body is sent back to Malaysia": victim's relative

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 01:30

Family members of a Malaysian passenger of MH17, Siti Amirah Kasuma, remember their loved one and hope her body will be returned home. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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A family grieves as they scroll through photos of Siti Amirah Kasuma. The 83-year-old woman had been on flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur Thursday. Her nephew said she had been traveling to celebrate Eid al Fitr with family in Malaysia. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) SITI AMIRAH KASUMA'S NEPHEW SHAHADAT EDID BEY, SAYING: "She already promised all our relatives that she would come back home during Eid to celebrate, we already made some preparations for that like new clothes, cookies and many more things to celebrate Eid." Kasuma, along with 297 other passengers, perished when the Malaysian airliner was allegedly shot out of the sky in eastern Ukraine. Both Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the incident. Now Kasuma's family just hopes her body will be recovered. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) SITI AMIRAH'S NEPHEW SHAHADAT EDID BEY SAYING: "I really hope that my aunt's body is sent back to Malaysia, even if the remains are incomplete so that we can do the burial according to Islamic teaching." Russian separatist rebels have kept international monitors away from the crash site. Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged them to cooperate. But Ukraine has accused Moscow and the rebels of destroying evidence. But for Kasuma's nephew all he wants is for his aunt to come home.

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"I really hope that my aunt's body is sent back to Malaysia": victim's relative

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 01:30