Christian Aid Community Mourns the Loss of Several Colleagues in Ethiopian Airlines Crash

A devastating plane crash outside Addis Ababa in Ethiopia on Sunday, March 10, 2019, claimed the lives of 157 passengers and crew members. Those aboard the Ethiopian airlines flight represented 35 nations and many of the victims were humanitarian aid workers. Four of those aid workers represented a Christian aid organization.

4 Christian Aid Workers Among the Dead

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that four members of our staff were killed when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed just after take-off Sunday morning. Their names are: Sara Chalachew, Getnet Alemayehu, Sintayehu Aymeku and Mulusew Alemu,” Catholic Relief Services (CRS) said in a statement issued after the plane crash.

The four workers were Ethiopian nationals and were traveling on the flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, to attend a training on behalf of CRS.

The organization, a U.S.-based nonprofit, facilitates “programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding” and works in more than 100 countries.

In their statement, CRS described what each worker did for the organization:

Sintayehu served CRS/Ethiopia from January 1, 2017 to January 15, 2018 as Senior Procurement Officer in the Administration Department.  Since January 16, 2019 he served as a Procurement Manager in Supplies Chain Department. He is survived by his wife and his three daughters.

Sara served CRS/Ethiopia since January 18, 2010 as Commodity Accountant, Senior Commodity Accounts Officer in Logistics department and since December 1, 2018, she served as Senior Project Officer for Grants.

Mulusew served CRS/Ethiopia since May 18, 2015, as Finance Officer, Project Grant Accountant and Senior Finance Officer in the Finance Department.

Getnet served CRS/Ethiopia from August 10, 2009 to November 30, 2018 as Procurement Officer, Senior Procurement Officer in the Administration Department. Since December 1, 2018, he served as Senior Project Officer, Procurement & Compliance. He is survived by his wife and his one daughter.

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Source: Church Leaders