xpats.com – 13 DEC 2016

Two family members of a victim of the 22 March bomb attacks in Brussels and Zaventem have started a non-profit organisation to bring other relatives of victims together. The pair say such an organisation is necessary because of the administrative confusion surrounding the aftermath of the attacks.

Eddy Van Calster, the husband of Fabienne Vansteenkiste, who died in the attack on Brussels Airport, and Philippe Vansteenkiste, her brother, say that their lives are still dominated by administrative red tape. “Each time you have to fill in forms and tick boxes, and each time you have to go through the same pain,” he told Bruzz.

His parents, he said, are also subject to reliving the loss of their daughter over and over. Other families of victims are going through the same ordeal, he said.

They were also dismayed about how long it took to identify Fabienne’s body. According to Van Calster, he was never officially informed by the state that she was among the dead…..

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By JILL LAWLESS, THOMAS ADAMSON and MIKE CORDER, Associated Press

Victims of the attacks on Brussels’ airport and subway included commuters heading to work and travelers starting long-anticipated vacations. They came from dozens of nations to a city that’s home to the European Union, NATO and other international institutions.

Among the confirmed dead:

James Cain learned only last Tuesday that his daughter had married Alex Pinczowski. Two days later, he learned that Alex and his sister Sascha, Dutch siblings who lived in New York, had both died in the Brussels airport suicide bombing.

As Cain and his daughter Cameron hunted for news about Alex and Sascha following the deadly blasts in the Belgian capital, Cameron told her father she had married Alex in 2013.

On Tuesday, Cain called the news of his daughter’s marriage “the bright spot in our otherwise anguishing week.”

Alex and Sascha were headed home to the United States. Alex, 29, was on the phone with his mother in the Netherlands when the line went dead as a bomb detonated.

Alex had traveled to the Netherlands to work on a craft-related business that he and Cameron were planning to start together, Cain said. The couple met six years ago while taking summer courses in Durham, North Carolina.

Sascha Pinczowski, 26, was a 2015 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in New York with a degree in business….

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