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Sunday, Jun 15, 2014

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Missing MH370: Chinese families pour their grief on social media

The Star/ANN | Tho Xin Yi | Sunday, Jun 15, 2014

A relative of a passenger on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 offers prayers at the Lama Temple in Beijing on June 15, 2014.

BEIJING - Family members of the Chinese passengers aboard the missing flight MH370 marked the 100 days of the plane's disappearance on their official social media sites on Sunday.

The next-of-kin poured their grief in a compilation of short texts and photos published on their Wechat and Weibo accounts.

"What should we do? This is torturous and I can't imagine how long we have to be living like this.

"I have tried to lead a normal life but I just can't. I don't see smiles on my parents' faces anymore and my daughter asks why is her father not returning home yet?" Wen Yan, whose husband Li Le was onboard the flight, wrote.

Lu Xianchun revealed that it was his twin brother Lu Xianchu who donated stem cells to him six years ago to cure his aplastic anaemia.

"I was able to live because of you, but now you have gone missing mysteriously. Please come back soon!" Xianchun wrote.

Wang Yongzhi, whose wife Zhang Chi was one of the 153 Chinese passengers, said the disappearance of MH370 brought him loneliness, helplessness, agony and desolation.

"There will be no more happiness in my life," he wrote.

A hashtag of "Malaysia Airlines Lost Contact 100 Days" was created on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, on Sunday, with netizens expressing their support.

Meanwhile, a group of the family members gathered at Yonghe Temple in Beijing on Sunday morning to pray for their missing loved ones.

"We hope they are fine and will return safely. We will never give up," they wrote on Weibo.

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