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09/11 caused an irreplaceable loss for the Tsoy family
Written by Гульмира Камзиева   
Пятница, 11 Сентябрь 2009

THE SEPTEMBER 11TH TRAGEDY CAUSED AN IRREPLACEABLE LOSS FOR THE TSOY FAMILY OF KAZAKHSTAN

 

ImageEvery year on September 11th there is a remembrance in the home of Almaty resident Valentine Tsoy for Zhannetta, who died during the terrorist attacks in far-away New York.  A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then, but the pain never heals.

 

IT FEELS LIKE IT WAS JUST YESTERDAY

Zhannetta Tsoy was the only citizen of Kazakhstan to die in that terrible catastrophe.  During the first minutes and first few days following the tragedy in New York City on September 11th, 2001, it was reported that among the victims were no citizens of Kazakhstan, but Zhannetta’s parents know where she worked and were very worried.

For a long time she did not appear on lists of the living or the dead.  Zhannetta’s parents and her husband until the very last believed she might still be alive.  But after seven months hopes were dashed when Zhannetta was found dead.  Test results of remains proved to be hers.

 

“They say that time heals, but it’s been eight years and we still feel this loss.  Maybe, because it was such a great loss for us.  Therefore, perhaps, the pain will never pass.  When you watch television or read the paper, all the events of that day pass before your eyes over and over again.  Eight years have passed, but it feels like it was just yesterday,” said Zhannetta’s father Valentine Tsoy during an interview on Radio Azattyk.


HER SECOND DAY AT WORK

Raisa and Valentina Tsoy’s only daughter would have been 40, but in the memories of her relative she will remain forever young.  According to Valentine Tsoy, Zhannetta won a ‘Green Card’ (immigration visa) and she was offered three cities to live in: Los Angeles, New York City, or San Francisco.  She chose New York City because the main office of the company she worked for in Kazakhstan was located there.

 

At first her parents were against her decision, but Zhannetta said she wanted to leave for a better place for her daughter’s sake, and her future.

 

“Really, it was such a unique occurrence.  She won the ‘Green Card’, and she was transferred from her job to the main office.  How could she not take advantage of it?  But you see how fate played such an evil trick,” said Valentine Tsoy.

 

Zhannetta was simply transferred from the Kazakhstan branch to the main office in New York, and she was supposed to start on September 17th.  But they asked her to begin work a little earlier, and so she went on September 10th.  Had she started work at the original time, she may have remained alive.  It was her second day at work, the second day of fulfilling her great American dream.

 

Zhannetta that morning went to work at the Marsh Company, in one of the offices in the World Trade Center.  After a few dozen minutes two airplanes, hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists, rammed into the famous New York skyscraper.  Among the thousands of innocent people killed was also Zhannetta Tsoy.

 

On that tragic day Zhannetta was brought to work by her husband, Vyacheslav Ligay.  During the first minutes of the catastrophe Zhannetta’s parents tried to call him, but he would not answer.  Only after three days could he tell them that Zhannetta had been gone for three days.


ON SEPTEMBER 11th WE WOULD GO TO THE CEMETERY

Vyacheslav remained with their daughter Alexandra.  They still live in America, and Alexandra is already a big girl with big successes at sports.  She and her father had been preparing to fly to Kazakhstan on September 11th, in order to remember mama together with their relatives, but they were unable to make it.

 

“We haven’t seen her for a such long time, it’s been four years since we last saw each other.  When I was with her last time she was just sitting there and said: ‘I want to be with mama’.  So we took her to the cemetery.  Not long ago she called and said that on September 11th she is going to be with mama.  Every year on September 11th we would go visit our daughter’s grave, but it’s been five years and we don’t have the money to go there anymore,” said Zhannetta’s mother, Raisa Tsoy.

 

Eight years have passed, but Raisa Tsoy still waits for her daughter, and it seems to her that she has simply gone somewhere.  If it were possible, she is not against moving to America in order to be near her daughter, in order to visit her grave more often.

“We sent her to America, to that prestigious country, but she died there.  It’s very hard, God grant that no parents ever have to bury their children,” said Raisa Tsoy.

 

The terrorist attacks in the USA on September 11th, 2001, killed thousands of people.

 

Written by Gulmira Kamzieva for Radio Azattyk and broadcast on September 11th, 2009.

 


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