The Maslin Family who lost three children and their children’s grandfather in the downing of MH17 has today announced the birth of their baby daughter.

The couple have released this statement announcing they’ve welcomed a precious baby girl.

Violet May Maslin came in to the world on Tuesday 10 May, bringing with her love and light, hope and joy.
 “Our family was torn apart when MH17 was blown out of the sky by the violent anger of a nationalist missile, on July 17, 2014. Our three innocent, beautiful and inspiring children were killed, alongside their grandfather, Nick Norris.

 “We believe that Mo, whose 14th birthday was Saturday, Evie, 12 next week, Otis, 10 next month, and Grandad Nick have sent us an amazing gift. Violet’s birth is a testament to our belief that love is stronger than hate.

 “We still live with pain, but Violet, and the knowledge that all four kids are with us always, brings light to our darkness. As Martin Luther King said, ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’

 “We will continue to love all four of our children equally. Violet brings some hope and joy for us. We hope she brings hope and joy for you too.
 “Finally, we would like to thank the media for respecting our privacy.”

 Anthony Maslin & Marite Norris


What a gorgeous little girl.

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  • How beautiful. What a blessing she is.


  • A little ray of sunshine has come into your world. Congratulations, may your days be full of joy & love. xx


  • Beautiful Violet! I remember their story. So heartbreaking. The parents survived just because they stayed back in Holland for some more days before flying home. I really don’t know how they were able to cope. I hope this little girl will bring the happiness they surely deserve.


  • I am really happy for them. In some cases the stress can make pregnancy very difficult to achieve.
    Sadly the media may not continue to respect their privacy now they know about Violet.


  • This is truly beautiful news- congratulations


  • Wishing this family all the very best and a long, healthy, happy life for Violet.


  • She’s gorgeous. Wishing them all the best.


  • This news made me cry. I wish them so very much joy together.


  • A glimmer of light at the end of their very dark tunnel. Losing 3 children would leave such a huge numb hole in your life and heart, maybe little Violet will start to fill a tiny portion of that void


  • I’m sure the pain of losing your 3 children and their granddad is still raw, but what a blessing and comfort will this new baby be to you ! May she bring hope and joy indeed !


  • oh what a beautiful name!


  • Congratulations to them. What an emotional time it must be


  • Congratulations – I’m sure Violet’s siblings will watch over her and help her in growing up as well as her grand father.
    It’s time to move on with your life and enjoy the rest of it.


  • Welcome baby Violet. I’m sure your siblings are around you and wish you a long and happy life xx


  • I am glad to hear that they have found some happiness in their lives, What a blessing a baby is.


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