June 20th, 2013
03:43 AM ET

Parents of kids killed in fire demand answers

A year after a mall fire killed 19 people - mostly toddlers at an unlicensed child care center - Martin Weekes is no closer to understanding why his triplets perished.

"The phrase we tend to use is that we are deafened by silence - the silence in our house because we had a really busy house with three 2-year-olds," Weekes said. "Similarly, we have been deafened by the silence by the authorities in Qatar who just failed to communicate or show any interest."

Qatari officials have not responded to CNN's requests for comment on the fire at the Villaggio shopping mall in Doha, which killed 13 toddlers, four nursery staff and two firefighters. The owners of the child care center are Qatar's ambassador to Belgium and his wife.

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  1. wut

    Qatar is one of the bad countries. Don't ever go there.

    June 20, 2013 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. wut

    I also demand answers! When an ambassador is attacked in this way, you know things have gone south somewhere.

    June 20, 2013 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    My heart goes out to Mr. Weekes. The pain of losing one child, let alone three, is immeasurable. May he find peace, and answers, soon.

    June 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |