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#MH17: Inside Ukraine’s ‘village of the dead’ and the tragic tale of body Number 26


The body of a woman in her 50s — referred to only as MH17 passenger number 26 — fell through the roof of Inna Tipunova's kitchen. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp AustraliaThe body of a woman in her 50s — referred to only as MH17 passenger number 26 — fell through the roof of Inna Tipunova’s kitchen. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

A RESIDENT of the tiny Ukraine hamlet of Rassypnoye has told of the horrific moment a body from MH17 ploughed through her roof — and how she initially assumed it was a bomb.

Like so many of her neighbours in the so-called ‘village of the dead’, Inna Tipunovais is appalled at the time it is taken authorities to get to them.

Warning: Graphic details

She knows her ‘corpse’ only by the moniker Body 26 but the 60-year-old believes their lives will forever be intertwined.

“I want to know about her, who she was, her name, these things but they just call her ‘Number 26’,” Inna said emotionally.

Inna is standing inside her son’s granny flat at the side of her home and looking up to the roof where the body crashed through and into the deep blue summer sky above.

“The police tell me this ‘we call her Number 26’ before they put all of her in a black bag and carried her away. It took then a while to find all of her. It was very sad”

A body, known only as ‘number 26’, landed in Inna Tipunova's kitchen. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp AustraliaA body, known only as ‘number 26’, landed in Inna Tipunova’s kitchen. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

Inna was up the road visiting a friend when her 27-year-old son Alexander rang her and said a bomb had smashed through the roof of their home in the rural village of Rassypnoye outside Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

He was afraid the bomb may go off but the reality was worse. “26” was a passenger on-board Flight MH17 when it was downed, who crashed through the roof of the small white washed home unit. The impact sheered her in half and also tore off some of her limbs and when Inna returned home she saw the blood and “other things” smeared across the walls.

“She was only half a person but she was a woman, maybe in her 50s but her head …. and her foot they found that up there in the roof still, but she was here with us in the house. We know the situation of war and are so aware of bombs dropping and we thought it was a bomb but it was worse. I know this is all part of war but it is very sad.”

Inna Tipunova waited at least a day for authorities to remove the corpse which ploughed through her roof in the Ukraine hamlet of Rassypnoye. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp AustraliaInna Tipunova waited at least a day for authorities to remove the corpse which ploughed through her roof in the Ukraine hamlet of Rassypnoye. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

The body was taken away but not for a while – which was terribly distressing for all. Lime powder is now scattered on the floor where there were pools of blood but the stench of death remains as do blood-spattered pots and pans and in the splintered rafters some human flesh.

“Tell everyone how it is truthfully, everyone must know,” she says.

Everyone in the rural village has a similar story, some even worse than Inna’s.

But they also wanted to share with News Corp Australia their stories. No-one had spoken to them about their distress not even the authorities and they were pleased to share summer fruits and tales of horror some just too graphic to print.

It was a quiet hamlet of little more than two dozen or so farm houses early last week but by last Thursday it had become the village of the dead.

There’s Inna’s elderly neighbour local farmer Sascha – he too had a passenger from the Malaysian Airlines flight drop through his roof.

A passenger from the Malaysian Airlines flight landed in Sasha's place. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp AustraliaA passenger from the Malaysian Airlines flight landed in Sasha’s place. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

Tatiana said it was “raining humans” as she tended the fields and now can’t erase the scene from her mind. Nor can Liliya Alexandrovnr Kuhta, 43, who with her daughter saw bodies and debris fall across the village. In all, 39 victims of the Boeing flight landed in the village.

“Everyone here cried for two days, cried and cried and cried, the crying was non-stop, how could you not? But then we knew what we had to do.

“We lined up shoulder-to shoulder with the local coal pit workers and walked through into the fields of Sun Flowers to find these people, they deserved respect and we went to get them.”

The coal pit workers also yesterday walked through large wheat belts looking for bodies.

Tatiana can’t erase the scene from her mind. Like so many in Rassypnoye, bodies came ‘raining down around her’. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp AustraliaTatiana can’t erase the scene from her mind. Like so many in Rassypnoye, bodies came ‘raining down around her’. Picture: Ella Pellegrini Source: News Corp Australia

Liliya points out where two bodies were immediately found in her village yesterday, then walks through the village’s three roads pointed out to the left and then the right and then the roof of a home, then a barn, then a field.

“Over there was a nine-month old baby, just nine months,” she said. “When the Sun Flowers fall (die) we will find more I know this. It’s terrible, sad. Everyone here believed it was a Ukraine fighter jet that shot the airline down. Who knows. But Australia and these countries should come here, these people need a memorial. Tell them to build a memorial here.”

News.com.au.

Flight MH17: International Aids Society (IAS) Statement


International AIDS Society

The International AIDS Society (IAS) today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today.

At this incredibly sad and sensitive time the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy.

International Aids Society (IAS).

#Northern #Territories: Family want answers about Maddy Downman’s (Aged 17) #suicide in care


Maddy Downman suicide residential care, Darwin.PHOTO: Maddy Downman, 17, took her own life at a residential care home in Darwin.

The family of a 17-year-old girl who took her own life at a residential care home in Darwin say the Northern Territory Government failed in its duty of care to a ward of the state.

They say Maddy Downman did not receive adequate support for depression, and they feel being in care contributed to her suicide.

For four years until she took her own life Maddy had asked to leave state care and go home.

Both her mother and father told the ABC’s 7.30 NT program they kept appealing to the NT Department of Children and Families to allow her to come home to either Katherine or Mount Isa in Queensland.

They also say they have not received an apology from the Government for their daughter’s death.

The Department of Children and Families will not comment while an internal investigation and coronial inquiry are being held.

The Child Protection Minister also says he cannot comment on the details of the case during the inquiries.

“They can’t get away with this,” said Marion Downman, Maddy’s maternal aunt.

“Legally they were the parents, they should have taken care of that little girl and they didn’t. And now two sides of the family are left to pick up the pieces.”

When anyone rang her she just said, ‘I want to come home to dad. I want to be with dad’.

‘We want to know why she died’

Last week, the family gathered together in Katherine to arrange Maddy’s funeral and piece together what led to her suicide.

Maddy mother, grandmother and maternal aunts from Katherine, and her father and paternal aunts from Mount Isa in Queensland, said they knew she had struggled with depression and anger about being kept in the child protection system.

But they had hoped she would battle through it.

Maddy was taken into the Government’s care aged 13, starting with a stint in juvenile detention in Darwin, at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.  Continue reading

Rolf Harris murals covered up at Alice Springs school, arts centre, in wake of conviction for indecent assaults


The School of the Air is considering how to respond without destroying signatures surrounding the work.PHOTO: The School of the Air is considering how to respond without destroying signatures surrounding the work.

Two murals painted by convicted sex offender Rolf Harris have been hidden from view as organisations in Alice Springs consider the future of the artworks.

Schools and cultural institutions have been removing works Harris painted during his long career as an entertainer in the wake of his conviction for a string of indecent assaults.

In the 1980s he painted two murals in Alice Springs: one in the foyer of the Alice Springs School of the Air and another backstage at the Araluen Arts Centre.

The School of the Air has covered the piece, a cartoon self-portrait.

It said it was considering how to respond without destroying signatures and art from other notable people that surround Harris’s work.

The Araluen Arts Centre has also covered a mural of gum trees that Harris painted directly on to a backstage wall.

The Araluen Art Centre has covered a mural that Harris painted on a backstage wall.PHOTO: The Araluen Art Centre has covered a mural that Harris painted on a backstage wall.

Centre management said it was considering how to respond to it in the longer term.

“The Rolf Harris mural at the Araluen Cultural Precinct theatre will be covered by a curtain until such time as a more permanent decision is made about its future,” a spokeswoman for the NT Government said.

“The mural is located at the back of the theatre away from public view and depicts gum trees that were painted by Rolf Harris during a visit to the Araluen Cultural Precinct in the 1980s.”

In Harris’s hometown of Bassendean, councillors last week voted to remove all of the entertainer’s artwork from the town’s administration building and place them in indefinite storage.

A fellowship bestowed on him by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has also been annulled, and Harris has been stripped of his 2008 ARIA Hall of Fame award.

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Pearl Beach search resumes for five-year-old boy missing in surf on NSW central coast


Search resumes: Rescuers on jet skis look for the five-year-old boy at Pearl Beach this morning.Search resumes: Rescuers on jet skis look for the five-year-old boy at Pearl Beach this morning.

A search has resumed for a five-year-old boy swept into the surf on the New South Wales central coast, but rescuers have said it is now a recovery operation.

The boy was washed away by a large wave while he was playing on the water’s edge at Pearl Beach just before 2:00pm yesterday afternoon.

Family and friends desperately tried to save the boy, but he disappeared into the water.

A full-scale search involving surf lifesavers, marine area command police and a rescue helicopter yesterday failed to find any trace of the boy.

The search was called off at 6:15pm because of fading light, but a command post was set up on the beach overnight and police continued to search the shoreline.

Rescuers are using five boats, jet skis and helicopters to search again today.

NSW Marine Area Command’s Mark Hutchings said rescuers feared the worst.

“We always hold out some hope but my experience tells me that we’ve been going for some time and unfortunately I think we are in the recovery phase, which is quite tragic,” he said.

“I spoke to the divers last night after they finished – they said that the visibility is not too good out there but they are used to operating in these conditions.”

Rough conditions hampered yesterday’s search, but the surf was calmer this morning.

“The swell as you can see here is not huge but there are big seas everywhere else which does affect the current,” Superintendent Hutchings said.

“The divers will go down this morning and they’ll check to see what the current rate is, and we use a very scientific process to try and locate the boy.”

Police divers and officers, surf lifesavers and the NSW Ambulance Service are also taking part in the search.

The boy had been staying with extended family in a house opposite the beach for a holiday.

via Pearl Beach search resumes for five-year-old boy missing in surf on NSW central coast – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).