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UN family remembers colleagues perished in plane crash

UN family remembers colleagues perished in plane crash

The United Nations family in Ethiopia on Tuesday held a memorial wreath-laying ceremony honoring the lives of 21 staff members died last year due to Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after leaving Addis Ababa.

Vera Songwe, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), spoke with sadness about the tragic accident and the loss of the UN staffs and their families.

She said the UN did not only lose dedicated and seasoned staff members in the line of duty.

“Many of our families have passed away doing good old development work… trying to make sure one more life is changed for the better. We will continue to ensure that each morning that we wake up, we go back to bed knowing there is one life that is better,” Songwe said in her remarks.

The ECA Chief led the wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the 21 who were among the 157 victims of the crash. Candles were lit for each of the 21 by their family members who earlier attended a similar event hosted by the Ethiopian Airlines at the scene of the crash.

Steven Were Omamo, the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Representative for Ethiopia, offered his deepest condolences to the families and UN colleagues.

“No amount of words can capture the depth of the loss you have experienced.

Deepest condolences once again as we remember our dear colleagues who perished in the crash last year,” he said. Families, airline staff, government representatives, diplomats and others joined the the ceremony held at the ECA premises.

 

Source: The Ethiopian Herald