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In March 2020, criminal proceedings against the four suspects involved in taking down flight MH17 will begin in the Schiphol court. The case will be followed with special interest by the residents of the typically Dutch village of Oud Ade, which lies close to the airport. Erik van der Poel and his great love Truike Heemskerk grew up here. They were two of the 193 Dutch passengers who died in the disaster on 17 July 2014. The terrible news hit the village like a bomb and the sorrow was overwhelming. For no fewer than six weeks flags flew at half-mast at many houses in Oud Ade.
In ‘War has come into Oud Ade’ we see how those directly involved are faring five years later. And we look back at the disaster and the following period with the parents of Erik, friends of the couple and some prominent villagers. We see that the strong sense of community in Oud Ade played a role in processing the grief and provided resilience. But also that the wound has not yet healed.