Australian couple Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris, whose three children died in the MH17 disaster in 2014, have today announced the birth of a baby daughter, Violet May Maslin.
Violet was born on Tuesday this week. Her parents said they believe they have been sent "an amazing gift".
"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," the couple said in a statement to the Department of Foreign Affairs. "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 Granddad Nick have sent us an amazing gift. Violet's birth is a testament to our belief that love is stronger than hate."
It has been been almost two years since a Russian-made missile hit Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 while it was flying over eastern Ukraine in 2014. A total of 283 passengers were on board. There were no survivors.
"We still live with pain, but Violet, and the knowledge that all four kids are with us always, brings light to our darkness," said Maslin and Norris.
"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."
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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