MH370: Weary kin maintain mournful vigils

MH370: Weary kin maintain mournful vigils
A family member of a passenger aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 comforts another relative as they gather to pray at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing, June 15, 2014.

Dozens of family members of Chinese passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 visited a Buddhist temple in Beijing to pray for the return of their loved ones on Sunday, the 100th day since the jet vanished on March 8.

More than 30 family members visited on Sunday morning Yonghegong Lama Temple, where many Buddhists believe their prays can be heard and answered by the Buddha.

The family members said they believe their loved ones are still alive, and they visited the temple to pray to see them as soon as possible.

Zhang Lixia, a single mother from Heilongjiang province, was one of them. Zhang's 27-year-old daughter was aboard the missing jet. After all family members were asked on May 2 to leave the Lido Metro Park Hotel, where regular briefings updated the information on the search for the aircraft, Zhang chose to rent a house and remain in the capital, which she said makes her "feel more close to my daughter".

"When I left my home, I told them (relatives and friends) I was going to look for my daughter. I haven't found my daughter yet. How can I go back?" the 55-year-old said.

"When I was in the Lido hotel, the family members were all together. We could comfort each other. Now, I've almost reached a point where to die seems better than to live.

"I force myself to eat every day, because I still believe my daughter is alive and I have to stay strong to wait for her to come back."

Zhang said she surfed the Internet to search for any information about the aircraft often for a whole day and went to the assistance centre set up by Malaysia Airlines once a week.

"I went there to appeal for information we need. But they always reply that they have sent our appeal to other people. They even refuse to offer us drinking water when the temperature outside reaches 41 C," she said.

Cheng Liping, whose husband was aboard the jet, said she believes there is conspiracy and the plane was hijacked.

The 36-year-old said she visited the Buddhist temple the first and fifteenth of every Chinese lunar month to pray for her husband to come home.

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