Category: English

It is the World Cup, but Jack is not here to watch it.

I remember how we walked through a stand of eucalypt trees to the ground at which we played. It was 2014 and for the second year I was playing in my son’s football (soccer) team. He was 25 and I was 54. We would park Jack’s old car in...

Letter to President Putin

2 February 2016 Mr Vladimir Putin President of the Russian Federation Moscow Kremlin Moscow, Russia Dear President I am writing about the death of my only son, Jack O’Brien, who was killed on MH 17. Jack was just 25 years old and was returning to Australia from a seven...

A message to those who shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17

Our names are Jon and Meryn O’Brien.  We live in Sydney, Australia. On July 17 last year, in Ukrainian airspace, our only son Jack was killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17 was shot down. He was 25. We make this statement on behalf of our son who would...