Four Christian Aid Workers Among 157 People Killed in Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash

People watch a tractor excavate the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash March 10 near Bishoftu, Ethiopia.
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Four Christian aid workers on their way to attend training were among the 157 people killed in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash last weekend.

Sara Chalachew, Getnet Alemayehu, Sintayehu Aymeku and Mulusew Alemu, employees of Catholic Relief Services, were on board the fallen Boeing 737 MAX 8 that was en route to Nairobi, Kenya. The airliner crashed just minutes after taking off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday.

CRS is the official international humanitarian arm of the Catholic community in the United States and provides much-needed assistance to some of the world’s most vulnerable people in over 100 countries.

CRS has worked for nearly 60 years in Ethiopia to respond to natural and man-made disasters that have affected the East African nation. It has led recovery projects for drought and food-prone areas and has rebuilt individual and community assets through aid programs.

“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,” a CRS statement reads. “All four individuals were Ethiopian nationals traveling to Nairobi to attend a training on our behalf.”

According to the charity, Aymeku served in Ethiopia for over a year as a senior procurement officer and is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Alemayehu worked for CRS in Ethiopia since 2009. Until 2018, Alemayehu served as a procurement officer and later as a senior procurement officer. In December 2018, he began serving as a senior project officer of procurement and compliance. He is survived by a wife and one daughter.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith