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Still missing – MH370

Beijing, China

By Kim Kyung-Hoon

Almost six months have passed since the Malaysian Airlines MH370 disappeared. Although authorities concluded that the plane crashed in the remote Indian Ocean and lost all the passengers, many family members refuse to accept that conclusion. They hope that they are still alive.

Zhiliang, whose fiance was onboard Malaysian Airlines Fight MH370 which disappeared on March 8th, is silhouetted at an empty house which he had planned to decorate with her for their marriage, after he shows the house during an interview with Reuters in Tianjin, August 26, 2014.      REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

However, public interest towards this incident has faded, so I decided to record what these family members are still going through and shed light on this mysterious incident once again.

I thought that portrait-style pictures showing family members together with the missing passengers’ mementos would tell a story.

Before I started the project, I assumed I would find a couple of families at most, but the victims’ relatives really wanted to speak out about the incident and how much they are suffering now.

One family member, who liked my idea, introduced me to the relatives of other victims, who in turn introduced me to others, a bit like a relay.
Before I met them, I had assumed it would be very difficult to ask them to stand in front of my camera. But they were really cooperative as they were afraid the public is forgetting the incident, so they wanted to share their stories through my pictures.

Replacing Flight MH370

More than a week has gone by since the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing. It has been a mad few days on the ground reacting to the twists and turns of the story.

Since the news first broke, there have been reports of an oil slick off the coast of Vietnam, identities of the passengers have been questioned, technical analysis of flight communications have been discussed, and a whole spectrum of conspiracy theories and unverified photos have been circulated on the internet.

I attend the daily press conferences with the same keenness that many of our viewers and readers feel as they anxiously follow the story. We are all hoping that the authorities will give us more clues – just tell me what exactly is going on here!

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