The power of the world coming together. The latest global crisis with Malaysia Airline MH370’s unexpected disappearance in the sky has created heartbreaks and painful anxiety among family and friends of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board.
Almost immediately after the news broke, Twitter began trending the hashtag #PrayForMH370 urging people around the world to stay strong, spread the hope. Because the incident occurred in such bizarre vanishment, nations across the globe has participated in a high-watched investigation across South China Sea.
152 of 227 passengers were Chinese citizens while 38 passengers and all 12 members of the crew were Malaysian. The remaining passengers came from 13 different countries (6 Australians, 2 Canadians, 4 French, 1 from Hong Kong, 5 Indians, 7 Indonesians, 2 Iranians, 1 Dutch, 2 New Zealanders, 1 Russian, 1 Taiwanese, 1 Ukrainian and 3 Americans). The Chinese passengers included a group of nineteen artists with six family members and four staff, returning from a calligraphy exhibition of their work in Kuala Lumpur.
The outpour of global support and strength supported throughout this time is even more evident via social media, outside of the popular hashtag, people are using drawing and various forms of art to deliver their prayers. In dire times, it’s true that the basic instincts of human beings shine through, and that is immense kindness.
In these powerful images via all forms of social media, we will not be showcasing family and friends of the missing passengers. Although they are moving, it is only respect to give them the space and privacy that they need in this agonizing moment. Instead, we’re shining light to those who are praying, sending positivity to our world in need of it particularly now. Let’s pray…