Bags of dirt from crash site given to plane crash victims’ families

Bags of dirt from crash site given to plane crash victims’ families

- Grieving families affected by the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy have been given bags of dirt to bury at the funerals of their loved ones

- Families of the 157 victims of the tragic crash have begun to each receive a 1 kilogram sack of earth taken from the crash site

- Officials have decided to go ahead with this as the identification of the victims’ bodies may take up to 6 months

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Officials have started to give families affected by the recent Ethiopian airlines tragedy soil from the crash site.

A 1 kilogram sack of dirt taken from the scene of the crash is being distributed to the victims’ loved ones.

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"The soil came as it became impossible to identify bodies and hand over remains to family members," an anonymous family member of one of the victims explained.

However, those close to the victims would like to be able to get closure, as well as give proper ceremonies to the loved ones they lost.

One family member stated:

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"We will not rest until we are given the real body or body parts of our loved ones."

Unfortunately, body identification and post mortem analysis may take up to six months.

A mass memorial for the 157 people lost took place today in Addis Ababa.

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