CONDOLENCES TO VICTIMS OF PLANE CRASH
By Anna Nimiriano
It was not easy when the breaking news was announced that Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on en-route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi killed 157 passengers including eight crew members on Board. It continued that 32 passengers were Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans and seven British. If you calculate the number of the passengers mentioned above with the number of the counties they came from, it is not equal, that means there were some passengers their countries were not identified. Sister Lucy from Ursuline Sisters of the Immaculate Virgin Mary IVM Congregation in South Sudan told me that there was an Italian doctor with his wife in that plane. They were coming to South Sudan through Nairobi to inaugurate maternity clinic belonging to the congregation. They happened to be one of the victims. When they heard the news, they were hopeless and wondering how could be the situation of the children. You selves how it would be by missing two parents at the same time. In such situation we could find a way of how to consult victims’ families. We know these kinds of dead arepainful, but we cannot blame the Airlines Company or the country where the company belong to. If it happened due to technical mistake, or any circumstances, the only thing is to correct the mistake for the rest of the companies. Plane crash occurred in any country including South Sudan. If we understand the meaning of death, we should take it normal as Christians. If we are investigating, let us do it in professional manner. The Bible tells us that from the “dust in to the dust we return”. People die in different ways, but at the end of the day somebody is missing in the family, society and the country at large. We know those people are very important, their contribution is needed. Dead is part of life in our communities. My condolences to the families of the victims, may God console them. May God rest their souls in eternal peace?