Malaysia: 100 Days Since MH370 Vanished

(CNN) — Sunday marked a grim milestone of 100 days since Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared.

There has been no trace of the plane, nor the 239 people on board.

While the search efforts off the western coast of Australia continue, the wait for the families has been agonizing.

Wearing a hand-painted tiger mask, five-year old Jasmine looks straight into the camera and records a message for her father.

“Papa, I miss you,” she says. “I’m waiting for you to come home.”

It’s been an excruciating wait for the little girl and all the families of the 239 people on board MH370.

One hundred days has passed since the plane vanished from the skies during a scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. In Chinese culture, this is a significant milestone, marking an end to the grieving process.

But with no trace of the plane, the families continue to mourn, some refusing not to give up hope as seen in the above video to mark the anniversary.

At temples in Beijing, relatives pray for their missing loved ones.

But some family members are demanding answers from authorities, disillusioned and dissatisfied with the multinational search effort.

With the search effort currently suspended as authorities reanalyze all data, the operation to find MH370 remains focused solely on the southern Indian Ocean. While that’s little comfort to the families of those on board, the man in charge of the search remains confident of finding the plane, but says he fully understands the families’ frustration.

“They’ve got no closure,” said Angus Houston, chief coordinator of the joint search effort. “They want to find the aircraft. If I were in their shoes, I’d probably feel exactly the same way.”

The Malaysian government has reaffirmed its commitment, promising to leave “no stone unturned.”

And while the airline has begun to hand out initial compensation payments of $50,000 to some of the families, no amount of money will ever take away their heartache and grief.

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