BISHOFTU, ETHIOPIA — Dozens of relatives of the 157 people who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash have gathered to end 40 days of mourning according to Ethiopian Orthodox tradition.
Families held victims’ photos or flags representing their 35 nationalities. Many wore black. The March 10 crash occurred shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi in neighboring Kenya.
“I lost my wife here by this terrible accident,” Eyassu Teshome said. “I haven’t told my children yet. They are asking me all the time about their mother but I don’t have words to tell them what happened. I tried to convince them that she left to be with God.”
Bayu Demisse, the husband of an Ethiopian Airlines hostess, said that “we have an 11-month-old baby so you can imagine the feeling.”