Daughter of MH17 stewardess says she could no longer celebrate Hari Raya

Nur Diyana Yazeera, 16, daughter of MH17 stewardess Dora Shahila Kassimr.
Nur Diyana Yazeera, 16, daughter of MH17 stewardess Dora Shahila Kassimr. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - As the clock ticks towards the one-year anniversary of the MH17 tragedy on July 17, the daughter of stewardess Dora Shahila Kassim is finding herself missing her mother badly.

Sadly for her, July 17 is also Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Nur Diyana Yazeera, 16, said she could no longer celebrate Hari Raya without her mother, adding that she missed her hugs the most.

Posting on Dora Shahila's Facebook page, Nur Diyana said she wished she could turn back time and that she misses her dearly.


"357 days without you, ma. If only we could turn back the time. I miss you so dearly mummy. I'll see you soon. I'll always be your fav pumpkin. Al Fatihah."

On Twitter, she said life was miserable and thoughts of Dora Shahila were the only thing keeping her "alive at night".

"I feel miserable every second knowing that I can't have those hugs you used to give me at night before going to bed."

Nur Diyana also posted a photo of her mother on Instagram, saying: "She's so beautiful that you can never forget an angelic face like that. I miss you, mummy. Al Fatihah."

She was the only child of her mother, who died at the age of 47 when the plane she was serving on was shot out of the sky while flying over Donetsk, Ukraine on July 17 last year.

The Boeing 777 passenger jet was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down in eastern Ukraine during some of the worst fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, who took up arms against Kiev's pro-western government a few months earlier.

After the incident, the family rallied behind Nur Diyana, saying they would realise Dora Shahila's dream by helping her daughter achieve a "successful life".

Her uncle Don Shahidan Kassim said the family would support Nur Diyana emotionally and academically.

"We'll make Dora proud of her daughter," he told reporters after burying his sister last year.