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Ayantu Girmaye had been air hostess for 18 months. Courtesy Photo
Ayantu Girmaye had been air hostess for 18 months. Courtesy Photo

I Buried My Daughter in Empty Casket-A tale of Ethiopian Air Hostess Mother

In an interview with BBC Afaan Oromoo, Kibebewa Legesse said her daughter usually kissed her when she left home to fly, but did not do so on the day she died because she was running late.
posted onMarch 19, 2019
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By BBC

The mother of 24-year-old Ethiopian air hostess Ayantu Girmaye says she has achieved closure following Sunday's burial of her daughter in an empty casket - a week after she was among the 157 people killed when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on farmland near the town of Bishoftu.

In an interview with BBC Afaan Oromoo, Kibebewa Legesse said her daughter usually kissed her when she left home to fly, but did not do so on the day she died because she was running late.

Ms Kibebewa said she had twice visited the site of the crash, and had come to terms with the fact that no part of her daughter's body would be recovered.

Along with that of other Ethiopian nationals and Ethiopian Airline staff killed in the crash, Ayantu's casket is being kept in a wall vault at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the capital, Addis Ababa.

"I do not want to separate her from the other deceased. I want everything to happen together," Ms Kibebewa said.

 

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